Louisville places Rick Pitino, athletic director Tom Jurich on unpaid administrative leave
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 29, 2017,
Sep 29, 2017, 15:46
Interim university President Gregory Postel made the announcement Wednesday, and said the school is searching for a new men's basketball coach.
As part of a two-year investigation, authorities allege Adidas executive James Gatto, along with others, was involved in funneling $100,000 to the family of a top recruit, who is believed to be Louisville's Brian Bowen.
Keith Dickson, head men's basketball coach at Division II St. Anselm College called the Louisville scandal a "black mark, a black eye on all of college basketball".
The conclusion of a three-year Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the corruption surrounding men's college basketball has led to the arrests of 10 individuals, including four assistant basketball coaches from the University of Arizona, Auburn University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Southern California (USC).
The latest is an FBI investigation that says a coach at a university matching Louisville's description paid a recruit's family to go there.
The assistant coaches arrested and charged include Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.
Along with Gatto and the coaches, the others charged in the case so far include Adidas employee Merl Code, former National Basketball Association agent Christian Dawkins, financial adviser Munish Sood, and two others. According to ESPN, that player is Bowen, who was ranked No. 19 in the 2017 recruiting class by the 247Sports composite list. The Cardinals were put on probation forced to abandon their 2013 national championship because a former staff member hired escorts to strip and have sex with recruits.
"The charges filed by the federal government surrounding a number of individuals associated with college basketball are alarming and disturbing". Louisville said Wednesday it removed a player from all team activities, but did not name him as Bowen. Pitino's lawyers have also denied allegations. One of those schools is Louisville.
Prosecutors from the Southern District of NY office brought the charges and a trial will be held there.
Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their "enormous influence" to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.
During the investigation, Louisville officials provided the information that Pitino was responsible for the frauds of his program.