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 or through willful ignorance" in the activities alleged in an FBI investigation. Pitino's lawyers appeared in front of the ULAA on Monday, stating the Hall of Fame coach's case against termination. Pitino did not attend the meeting, but his lawyers submitted an affidavit on his behalf. "I do not dispute ULAA's right to terminate my employment at its discretion," Pitino's affidavit stated. "But I vehemently reject its right to do so 'for cause.' I have given no 'cause' for termination of my contract." Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 27 after the program was linked to the FBI's investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball. On Oct. 2, the ULAA began the process to terminate Pitino for cause. The FBI announced last month that 10 men -- including four assistant coaches and a top Adidas executive -- were charged with crimes relating to the investigation. Louisville was not explicitly named in court documents, but interim president Greg Postel confirmed the school was part of the investigation. The allegations against Louisville include payments of $100,000 to the family of an unnamed player to sign with the Cardinals. The player is believed to be five-star freshman Brian Bowen, who committed to Louisville in early June. Bowen was suspended indefinitely shortly after the FBI news broke. "I had no part -- active, passive, or through willful ignorance -- in the conspiracy described in the complaint," Pitino said in the affidavit. "I had no reason to know about the conspiracy described in the complaint, and no reason to know about the complicity of any UL assistant coach or staff member in any bribery conspiracy. I never have had any part -- active, passive, or through willful ignorance -- in any effort, successful or unsuccessful, completed or abandoned, to pay any recruit, or any family member of a recruit, or anyone else on a recruit's behalf, as an inducement to attend UL." Steve Pence, one of the attorneys representing Pitino, entered the meeting holding a poster board for presentation to the ULAA. Pence later distributed the detailed 55-page document that includes letters of support for Pitino, including one from David Padgett, who was named as Pitino's interim replacement on Sept. 29.
Louisville votes to terminate Pitino's contract 'with just cause'
ESPN | Oct 16