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Rick Pitino suing University of Louisville

01 December 2017, 01:11 | Melissa Porter

Pitino files breach of contract lawsuit against ULAA

Rick Pitino seeks nearly $40 million in lawsuit against University of Louisville

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the school's athletics association breached its contract and owes him more than $35 million. It says the ULAA did not give him 10 days advance notice before it "effectively fired" him and insists that he followed suggestions to improve oversight following a sex scandal that has resulted in NCAA sanctions.

Pitino was sacked in October as the FBI investigated bribery and fraud in the world of college basketball recruiting.

The complaint alleges ULAA breached Pitino's contract twice: First when it placed him on indefinite administrative leave in late September and again when he was sacked in late October.

Pitino was sacked shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said his program was part of a national investigation.

Pitino, who was officially fired by Louisville on October 16, is seeking the remainder of the money he would have been owed under his contract with Louisville, which ran through 2026. The investigation revealed Pitino's staffers and an adidas employee bribed a player to join the program. Pitino maintains he wasn't aware of an alleged payment from a Cardinals assistant to the family of Brian Bowen during the recruiting process.

When asked for a comment, a UofL spokesman said Thursday afternoon that the university does not comment on pending litigation. The next day, Louisville interim President Greg Postel placed Pitino on unpaid leave and athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave.

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