Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Rick Pitino suing University of Louisville

Rick Pitino suing University of Louisville

Former UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a $35 million federal lawsuit against the school's athletic association.

Pitino was sacked in October amidst of an Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal for paying recruits and their families.

The lawsuit alleges by placing Pitino on indefinite administrative leave and then locking him out of his office, relieving him of all duties and blocking access to his email, ULAA effectively fired Pitino - all without the 10-day advanced notice and opportunity to be heard, which is required by the contract.

Pitino, who was sacked by Louisville last month in the wake of a federal investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball, argues Louisville did not allow him due process in placing him on administrative leave and locking him out of his office and had no grounds on which to terminate his contract "for cause", according to that contract. The complaint couldn't be immediately verified in court records.


Pitino was signed through the 2025-26 season after Louisville extended his contract two more years in 2015. Pitino has claimed he had no knowledge of payments to a recruit's family.

Pitino said he fully implemented all suggestions made by the school's former athletic director and its interim president made in the wake of an escort scandal involving Louisville players and recruits that led to the coach's suspension by the NCAA in June. But the lawsuit claims there is nothing in the criminal complaint unsealed in late September that ties Pitino to any improper activities.

"He diligently supervised his staff and insisted on their compliance with the rules", Pitino's lawyer Steve Pence said in a statement.

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