Louisville Rumors & News

  • Louisville gets roasted for awful attendance

    Larry Brown Sports "Louisville’s men’s basketball program is feeling the post-Rick Pitino blues. The Cardinals hosted ACC rivals Georgia Tech on Thursday, and WDRB’s Jason Riley shared images of just how pitiful the attendance was at tipoff." February 09

  • Brian Bowen to seek reinstatement with South Carolina

    Fanrag Sports "Class of 2017 5-star forward Brian Bowen has committed to the University of South Carolina and will apply for reinstatement from the NCAA, his attorney told Yahoo Sports. Bowen was at the forefront of the Louisville Cardinals recruiting scandal, reportedly having received $100,000 to commit to..." January 11

  • Kevin Stallings tells L'ville fans, 'At least we didn't pay our guys'

    ESPN "Pittsburgh coach Kevin Stallings made a reference to the Louisville pay-for-play scandal in a response to fans during Tuesday night's 77-51 loss to the Cardinals. Stallings turned to fans at Louisville's KFC Yum! Center and said, "At least we didn't pay our guys $100,000" and "We didn't pay our..." January 03

  • Brian Bowen denies involvement in Louisville-Adidas scandal

    Larry Brown Sports "Brian Bowen, one of the recruits who was named in the FBI investigation that led to the arrest of multiple college basketball coaches in September, says he had no knowledge of the rule-breaking that got Adidas and Louisville in trouble and eventually led to Rick Pitino’s ousting. “I was..." December 21

  • Louisville sues Rick Pitino for monetary damages

    Fanrag Sports "In the wake of the suit brought forth by former Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino against his former employer, the University of Louisville has countered and sued Pitino for monetary damages and “wrongful conduct” the university believes has tarnished the school’s reputation, per Jason..." December 13

  • NCAA committee hears final Louisville appeal as they try to keep title banner

    College Basketball Talk "Louisville had their final day in court on Wednesday as they made a last-ditch appeal to the NCAA Infractions Committee to try and save their 2012 Final Four and 2013 National Title. Neither Rick Pitino nor Tom Jurich, who were both fired by Louisville in the wake of this fall’s FBI..." December 13

  • Bobby Hurley dismisses Louisville rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Bobby Hurley is not going anywhere, or so he says. Hurley is one of the hottest names in coaching after getting Arizona State off to a 9-0 start. Following a road win at Kansas, the Sun Devils are even receiving some votes for No. 1. The former Duke point guard is clearly an up-and-coming..." December 13

  • If Rick Pitino wins his lawsuit, insurance may not protect University of Louisville

    USA Today "The University of Louisville carries $35 million in liability insurance in the event of a “wrongful act.” The bad news is it may not decrease the danger of Rick Pitino’s lawsuit. Retired Eastern Kentucky University professor Peter Kensicki, who has authored eight books on insurance, said the..." December 12

  • Rick Pitino files federal lawsuit against University of Louisville Athletic Association

    USA Today "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is asking for more than $35 million in a federal breach of contract lawsuit filed Thursday against the university's athletic association. The university is aware of the lawsuit, university spokesman John Karman said. "As a matter of policy, the..." November 30

  • Kevin Willard | I no longer have emotional ties to Louisville

    Fanrag Sports "Kevin Willard isn’t overly anxious about his return to Louisville on Sunday. Seton Hall’s head coach spent six seasons with the Cardinals as an assistant under Rick Pitino from 2001-07, but feels as if his ties to the program have dissipated following Pitino’s dismissal earlier in the..." November 30

  • Adidas says Rick Pitino supported recruiting scheme

    Fanrag Sports "Former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino denied that he knew anything of the recruiting scandal which rocked the NCAA and resulted in a FBI investigation that led to his dismissal. Pitino even sued Adidas in October, claiming that the major sportswear organization damaged his..." November 27

  • Brian Bowen, player tied to Rick Pitino's firing, will not play for Louisville

    ESPN "Louisville announced Wednesday that freshman Brian Bowen will not play for the university. Bowen is not allowed to practice or play for the team. He will remain on scholarship as long as he is at Louisville but could transfer to another school, according to the university. "Brian has been a..." November 22

  • Rick Pitino open to coaching again, but says he must 'get on with a different part of my life'

    ESPN "Rick Pitino hasn't ruled out a return to coaching, but he told ESPN that he needs to move on with his life in case another opportunity doesn't present itself. Pitino, 65, was fired by Louisville a little more than a month ago despite maintaining he wasn't aware of an alleged payment from a..." November 20

  • Rick Pitino was aware of, participated in payment scheme, according to indictment

    ESPN "A new federal indictment against Adidas executive Jim Gatto suggests former Louisville coach Rick Pitino was aware of a scheme to pay Cardinals recruit Brian Bowen and even participated in the plan. The indictment, which was released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of..." November 09

  • Lawyer: Louisville's Brian Bowen cleared by FBI in college hoops probe

    ESPN "Louisville freshman Brian Bowen has been cleared in the FBI's bribery probe of college basketball that led to the ouster of Cardinals coach Rick Pitino. Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, first told the Louisville Courier-Journal of the news and later confirmed it to ESPN. The university can..." November 02

  • Rick Pitino FBI's Fall Guy ... Says Ex-Louisville Star

    TMZ "Former Louisville basketball star Kevin Ware is standing up for Rick Pitino amid his suspected involvement in the NCAA recruiting sting ... saying his ex-coach is being unfairly fingered by the feds. "What are you doing a full FBI investigation on? ... That don't make a lot of sense to me..." October 22

  • Rick Pitino Continues to Insist He Had No Knowledge of Payments to Recruits

    SI "In an interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas that aired Wednesday night, ex-Louisville head coach Rick Pitino repeatedly denied having any knowledge of his former school’s scheme to pay prospective basketball players. Pitino backed up his claim by saying he passed a lie detector test about..." October 19

  • FBI sends subpoenas to Rick Pitino, Jim Larranaga for phone records

    ESPN "Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino received a grand jury subpoena to produce phone records and other documents related to the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball, his attorney told ESPN on Wednesday. Pitino's attorney, Steve Pence, said the Basketball Hall of Fame coach..." October 19

  • Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino plans to sue Adidas after recruiting scandal

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has filed a federal civil suit against Adidas according to the Courier-Journal. Adidas severed ties with the hall of famer Monday. In the lawsuit Pitino has again vehemently denied any involvement in the recent pay-for-play scandal that rocked the college..." October 17

  • Rick Pitino will never coach college hoops again, industry sources tend to believe

    CBS Sports "The Louisville Athletic Association voted unanimously Monday to fire Rick Pitino "for just cause" -- meaning he's officially done as the Cardinals' basketball coach. Whether the Hall of Famer ever collects all or some of the $44 million he was owed per terms of his contract remains unclear and..." October 17

  • Louisville votes to terminate Pitino's contract 'with just cause'

    ESPN "Despite an argument from Rick Pitino's lawyers before Louisville's athletics board on Monday, the board voted to terminate Pitino's contract "with just cause." Pitino, in an affidavit presented Monday to the University of Louisville Athletic Association, said he "had no part -- active, passive..." October 16

  • Rick Pitino’s Contract Dispute and its Potential Impact on Larger NCAA Scandal

    SI "Suspended University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino could become a key figure in the U.S. Department of Justice’s college hoops prosecutions. Brian Bowen, a Louisville freshman, is widely assumed to be the unnamed person identified in a criminal compliant filed against Adidas..." October 16

  • Rick Pitino’s firing expected to become official Monday

    Louisville Courier-Journal "One of the most significant weeks in the University of Louisville's modern history has begun, with the employment statuses of two highly influential men to be decided by the school's boards. First up on Monday is the University of Louisville Athletic Association's determination of men's..." October 16

  • Rick Pitino selling Louisville home amid latest scandal

    Larry Brown Sports "Rick Pitino is on the verge of losing his job at Louisville, and it appears the longtime coach has already begun the process of skipping town. According to the Courier-Jounral, Pitino has put his East Louisville home on the market. The 5,100-square-foot house does not have a price attached to..." October 13

  • Louisville announces men's basketball assistant Jordan Fair fired without cause

    CBS Sports "The FBI's probe into nefarious recruiting in college basketball has now cost a second coach at Louisville his job. The school announced Wednesday night that assistant coach Jordan Fair has been terminated without cause. "The University of Louisville has parted ways with assistant men's..." October 12

  • Louisville puts its only two remaining assistant basketball coaches on leave

    CBS Sports "Louisville interim head coach David Padgett is now on the only active member on the Cardinals' coaching staff. The school announced Friday that assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair have been put on paid administrative leave. "The University of Louisville has placed associate head men's..." October 06

  • Rick Pitino raked in 98% of the money from Louisville's Adidas deal

    USA Today "When University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich announced a new $160 million, 10-year deal with athletic apparel giant Adidas on Aug. 25, a reporter asked him if some of the proceeds would be shared with the university. “It’s for the athletic department,” Jurich replied. “It’s for..." October 05

  • Louisville president says Tom Jurich kept school in dark with Adidas deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Louisville interim president Greg Postel filed an official letter on Monday placing athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave, and the list of grievances against Jurich paint a picture of a shady deal that was worked out with Adidas. According to Andrew Wolfson of the..." October 02

  • Pitino apologizes to fans, but maintains he didn't know about paying recruits

    Deadspin "In what is almost certainly a coincidence and not at all a product of a notoriously calculated, petty former head coach being calculated and petty, Rick Pitino released a lengthy statement Friday afternoon regarding Louisville’s decision to fire him, minutes before the Cardinals announced his..." September 30

  • Rick Pitino on FBI recruiting scandal: 'It's been so tough'

    USA Today "Rick Pitino made his first public statement without a lawyer on Friday, telling Louisville television and radio host Terry Meiners that this week has been "so tough." Pitino was implicated in an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting and placed on unpaid administrative leave on..." September 29

  • David Padgett Reportedly to Be Named Louisville Interim Head Coach

    Bleacher Report "The Louisville Cardinals will reportedly name assistant David Padgett as their interim head coach "in the coming days" following Rick Pitino's ouster amid an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball, according to Rivals' Corey Evans. Padgett, who was a three-year starter under Pitino..." September 29

  • Louisiville Loses Third Highly-Rated Prospect After FBI Investigation Revelation

    SI "The two class of 2018 prospects committed to Louisville before the revelation of a sprawling FBI investigation implicating the program decided this week to reopen their recruitments. Now another player in that class thought to be keen on joining the Cardinals is looking to spend his college career..." September 29

  • Rick Pitino identified as ‘Coach-2’ mentioned in federal court documents

    CBS Sports "Rick Pitino's insistence that he knew nothing about the allegations that led to his removal as Louisville's men's basketball coach is being met with skepticism now that CBS News has reported that Pitino is "Coach-2" in a criminal complaint released Tuesday by the Justice Department. "Coach-2"..." September 28

  • Tom Crean could become interim Louisville coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The Louisville Cardinals need an interim basketball coach just days before practices are to begin for the 2017-18 season, and they may be looking at an established name on such short notice. ESPN’s Lisa Kerney reported Wednesday that former Marquette and Indiana coach Tom Crean could become a..." September 27

  • Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich Fired Amid FBI Investigation

    SI "Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich have been fired in the wake of the school’s latest scandal, according to multiple reports. Jurich refused to fire Pitino and both were dismissed, WAVE-TV’s Kent Taylor reports. Pitino indicated to his staff in a..." September 27

  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino tells his staff he expects to lose his job in scandal

    CBS Sports "Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has told members of his staff that he expects to lose his job in light of the latest scandal rocking the Cardinals, ESPN's Michael Eaves reported early Wednesday. School officials have not yet commented. But sources have told CBS Sports that the..." September 27

  • Louisville fires AD Tom Jurich

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Reports out of Louisville Wednesday morning say that Cardinals’ Athletics Director Tom Jurich has been fired. There has been no word on Coach Rick Pitino’s status other than reports he is expected to be fired Wednesday. Jurich has been relieved of duties pending approval of the university board..." September 27

  • University of Louisville apparently among NCAA basketball programs targeted in FBI investigation

    Louisville Courier-Journal "The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, and references a public research university in Kentucky that fits the description of the University of Louisville. The U.S. attorney's office in southern New York announced it will hold a..." September 26

  • Rick Pitino Thinks the NBA Will Go Back to Drafting High Schoolers in 2 Years

    The Big Lead "Rick Pitino “expects” the NBA to do away with the one-and-done rule within the next two years. Commissioner Adam Silver said that the current system “wasn’t working anymore” during the NBA Finals. Via The New York Times: “It’s not working for the college coaches and athletic directors I hear..." September 15