Rick Pitino: One Scandal Too Many

Rick Pitino: One Scandal Too Many

The former football kicker, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in the 1978 NFL draft, had filled the role of athletic director at both Northern Arizona and Colorado State before joining the Cardinals.

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino was fired on Wednesday after the school's alleged involvement in fraud and corruption in recruiting, according to ESPN.

One of the most successful college basketball coaches in history, Pitino is 416-143 in 16 seasons as Louisville head coach and is in the Naismith Hall of Fame with 770 career victories. Former Gamecock assistant coach Lamont Evans - who coached at South Carolina from 2012-2016 - was one of four NCAA assistant coaches implicated in the nationwide scandal. That's part of the reason we have "Lack of institutional control", the all-purpose NCAA allegation that points the finger directly at those shrugging head coaches and says "you should have known". While no Louisville coach was indicted on Tuesday, the school and a recruit were clearly described in the investigation. She posted on her LinkedIn profile and Facebook that she was hired in March. Furthermore, the U.S. DOJ announced that those charged include "managers, financial advisors, and representatives of a major international sportswear company".

Federal prosecutors say at least three high school recruits were promised payments of up to $150,000 to commit to two universities sponsored by Adidas, with James Gatto, Adidas Basketball's head of global marketing, allegedly funneling the money to the recruits' families.

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For both, it's time for embattled coach Rick Pitino to go. Schools such as Louisville and Kentucky profit greatly by being one-year way stations for soon-to-be NBA players. And the advertisers. And the shoe companies. "He expected them to be All-Americans". Federal court records show he also pleaded guilty last month to federal charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements pursuant to a cooperation agreement with the government.

"If you yourself engaged in these activities, I'd encourage you to call us", said Joon H. Kim, acting United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Speaking globally, do you think the allegations today reflect the state of college basketball or do you think they're an aberration, based in your experience?

His original contract had him in place through the 2025-26 season, and he was set to be suspended five games due to Louisville's first recruiting infraction.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to (Pitino)", Keatts said. He can't work in college sports for 10 years as a result. Maybe it's more because they are more of a European outfit.

Teams that don't have an illustrious history of winning could turn their programs around with one program defining recruit. "We learned of these charges this morning and of course will support the ongoing criminal federal investigation".