Rick Pitino files lawsuit against University of Louisville Athletics Association


Fired University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is suing his former employer.

Federal prosecutors in NY in September unveiled charges against assistant coaches, managers, financial advisers and sportswear company executives as part of a wide-ranging corruption probe into college athletics, including the Louisville basketball program.

Rick Pitino had around $35 million on his contract when he was fired ‘for cause’ on October 16 in a unanimous vote by the University of Louisville Athletic Association

The lawsuit claims the university breached Pitino's contract by not properly notifying him he was placed on leave and firing him without proper cause.

"Coach Pitino had no part Coach Pitino had no part - active, passive, or through willful ignorance - in the conspiracy described in the Complaint", the lawsuit says.

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The lawsuit seeks damages equal to Pitino's full unpaid balance of his contract, which runs through June 30, 2026. He was one of college basketball's highest-paid coaches.

"As a matter of policy, the university does not comment on pending litigation", Karman said in an email. Pitino has claimed he had no knowledge of payments to a recruit's family.

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Louisville has since announced that Bowen, a freshman, won't play for the school but can transfer if he wishes.

Pitino's attorney Steve Pence said in a statement that the coach diligently supervised his staff and stressed compliance with NCAA rules. 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.

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The case is Pitino v. University of Louisville Athletic Association Inc., U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (Louisville).