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Rick Pitino sues University of Louisville Athletic Association

Rick Pitino sues University of Louisville Athletic Association

Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville, claiming the school committed a breach of contract when firing him, according to Paul Miles of WHAS.

Pitino was sacked in October in the wake of an FBI investigation of bribery and fraud in college basketball related to the steering of recruits to Adidas, sports agents and financial advisers.

He is seeking the full amount left because he says the university "breached his employment contract when it effectively fired him - by placing him on administrative leave - without providing the notice required by the parties' contract".

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"As the complaint details, in order for ULAA to find "cause" resulting from an assistant coach's misconduct, it must have proof that Coach Pitino failed to diligently supervise its staff; it is not enough that an assistant coach engaged in that misconduct", stated Pence. Courier-Journal that Louisville is aware of the Pitino lawsuit. Pitino is not named in the federal complaint and has denied participation in and knowledge of alleged payments to a recruit's family.

The suit claims the ULAA must pay Pitino the balance of sums due and that totals $4,307,000, per year, through June 30, 2026. However, Adidas recently saidthere was evidence that was "proof of Pitino's involvement in the scheme" as a counter to the coach's lawsuit against the shoe company.

When asked for a comment, a UofL spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the university does not comment on pending litigation.