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Rick Pitino Files Federal Lawsuit Against Adidas

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Former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has filed a federal lawsuit against Adidas.
The lawsuit alleges that Pitino was damaged by the company’s “outrageous conduct in conspiring to funnel money to the family of a basketball recruit.”

Pitino maintains his innocence in the matter claiming the he was not aware of the matter.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

ULAA Unanimously Votes to Terminate Rick Pitino’s Employment

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After hours of deliberation, the Universiry of Louisville’s Athletics Association has unanimously voted to terminate Hall of Fame head coach, Rick Pitino’s employment for “just cause.”
The move comes less than a month after Louisville was tied to a pay-for-play FBI investigation.

Rick Pitino served 16 seasons as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals.  Under Coach Pitino, the Cardinals made 14 NCAA appearances, including three final four trips and a National Championship in 2013. Pitino’s record at Louisville is 415 – 141.

Pitino’s Attorney Distributes 53-Page Defense Of Rick Pitino


Rick Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, handed out a 53-page document to the media awaiting the ULAA’s decision on the employment of Pitino.
The document contains text messages between Pitino and Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto, as well as conversations regarding Brian Bowen with Christian Dawkins.

The document also contains a polygraph test and Pitino’s affidavit.

Read Pitino’s 53-page Defense

Rick Pitino Releases Info Supporting Innocence


Steve Pence, Rick Pitino’s attorney, released a 40 page document defending Coach Pitino’s innocence in the FBI pay-to-play investigation.

In the tweet below, we see a text Brian Bowen’s mother sent to Coach Pitino after the announcement of his unpaid leave.

Pitino also had Pence release his communication via text with Adidas Exec. Jim Gotto.

Below are texts between Christian Dawkins and Pitino.

Dick Vitale Takes To Twitter In Defense Of Rick Pitino

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During the ULAA Meeting, at which Coach Rick Pitino’s fate as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was being discussed, Dick Vitale took to Twitter to defend his long time friend.
In a series of tweets, Vitale explains why Louisville’s board is making a huge mistake.

ULAA Approves One Year Contract For David Padgett


The University of Louisville’s Athletic Association has approved a one year contract for acting men’s basketball head coach David Padgett.

Via Fred Cowgill

NCAA Forms Commission On College Basketball


On Wednesday, NCAA President, Mark Emmert, announced the NCAA was forming a commission for college basketball.
The announcement comes after the FBI arrested four assistance college basketball coaches and six other individuals in connection to a “pay for play” scheme.

According to the release from the NCAA, President Mark Emmert says the commission will focus on, “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.”

Emmert also explains the commission will examine the effect of the NBA’s one-and-done rule, as well as, “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”

Dr. Condoleezza Rice will chair the commission. Dr. Rice was appointed national security advisor by President George W. Bush in 2001, becoming the first African-American female (and second woman) to hold the post. She also served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 through 2009.

NCAA President has also tabbed the following to serve on the commission:

  • Mary Sue Coleman: President Association of American Universities
  • General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired: Chairman of USA Basketball
  • Mark Emmert: President, NCAA
  • Jeremy Foley: Athletics Director Emeritus,University  of Florida Athletic Association
  • Jefferey A. Hathaway: Vice President/Director of Athletics, Hofstra University
  • Grant Hill: Owner/Vice Chairman, Atlanta Hawks
  • Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.: President, University of Notre Dame
  • Mike Montgomery: Retired Basketball Coach, Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
  • G.P. “Bud” Peterson: President, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David Robinson: Founder, Admiral Capital Group
  • Kathryn Ruemmler: Former White House Counsel; Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Gene Smith: Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed; Athletics Director, Ohio State University
  • John Thompson III: Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches

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James Patterson, Lonnie Ali And Dr. Mark Lynn Pen Letter In Support Of Jurich

On Thursday, three huge names in Louisville, James Patterson, Lonnie Ali and Dr. Mark Lynn, released a joint letter to the citizens of Louisville.

The letter asks that the community speak out in support of Tom Jurich to be reinstated as the Athletic Director of the University of Louisville.

Under Jurich’s lead, the University of Louisville has become a powerhouse in many sports. Most notably football, men and women’s basketball and baseball. Jurich also led the university to the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The fate of Tom Jurich as Louisville’s AD is said to be decided at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on October 18th.

Donovan Mitchell Grabs Buckets In Win Over Lakers

In a preseason 105-99 victory over the Lakers, Donovan Mitchell racked up 26 points for the Jazz.

Check out a few dynamic highlights from Mitchell below.

Asia Durr Named College Sports Madness Preseason All-American

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Junior Guard, Asia Durr, is already racking up accolades and we’re still a month out from the first tip off.
On Tuesday, Durr was named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Team. She is one of 20 women to receive the honor.

For more information about Asia Durr or how to obtain season tickets, check out GoCards.com.

Bovada Heisman Odds

 

Bovada has updated the Heisman odds after week five.

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Bowl Projections: Week 5




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Louisville Women’s Hoops Tip Off Luncheon Announced

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The Louisville Women’s Tip Off Luncheon is set for October 23rd at the Downtown Marriott.
The doors will open at 11:30AM and the luncheon will be begin at Noon.

Tickets are $30.

For more information regarding tickets and/or reserving a table, visit GoCards.com/WBBTipOff.

UofL To Hold A Press Conference At 3:45PM To Name Interim AD

The University of Louisville is holding a 3:45 PM press conference to announce the interim Athletic Director.
The move comes after Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave last Wednesday.

Dr. Postel will announce the candidate selected to run the university’s athletic department in the interim.

Cardinal Sports Zone will update as soon as the interim AD is selected.

Dear Coach Pitino: An Open Letter From A Lifelong Louisville Fan


Dear Coach Rick Pitino,
It is truly hard to image entering the KFC Yum! Center and not, first hearing you, then seeing you on the sidelines. You have been the figure head of the University of Louisville’s basketball team for much of my childhood.

What has transpired the past few years under your reign, it breaks my heart. Whether you knew about the issues, that’s irrelevant at this point.

It has been hard to be a Louisville Basketball fan… The play on the court has been tremendous. Your play calling, flawless at its best. But, the constant harassment from other fan bases… It was hard.

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BOT Meeting Wrap Up


The board of trustees for the University of Louisville met Monday morning in a special called meeting to discuss personnel and litigation.

The meeting wrapped up with a Q & A session, led by acting President Dr. Gregory Postel and board chair David Grissom, regarding the closed portion of the meeting.
Below are the highlights of the Q & A session:

– Dr. Postel spoke freely about the status of theuniversity’s accreditation, stating, “we’ve made really substantial progress,” to maintain accreditation. He noted that after the site meeting with SACS, the university was left with a few housekeeping items. The university will submit a report back to SACS in November.

– Regarding the contract with Adidas, Dr. Postel acknowledged that he was aware of the negotiations with Adidas. He made it clear that the agreement is for next year. However, he notes that the he and the board need to study the agreement to understand it. Dr. Postel added, “if it’s been tainted, we want no part.”

– On notification of any NCAA violations, Dr. Postel advised that the university had not received any notice from the NCAA regarding the ongoing investigation.

– Regarding Tom Jurich’s status and whether Grissom had received outside pressure, Grissom indicated that he had not received any outside pressure to retain Jurich.

– Dr. Postel was asked if he was concerned that donors would pull their donations if Jurich is not retained. Dr. Postel replied, “donors donate money to the university, NOT people.”

– Dr. Postel mentioned that he plans to meet with the athletic coaches tomorrow. He also announced the Athletic Association would meet today at 1 PM to discuss Coach Rick Pitino. A press conference to name an interim Athletic Director is set for tomorrow at 1 PM.

The Asia Show: Durr Checks In From USA Training

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PassThaBall.com captured A’ja Wilson (S. Carolina) and Asia Durr having fun at USA Training.
The duo showed their goofy personality while talking about the experience to compete with WNBA players.

For more, see PassThaBall’s write up.

Pass The Ball: A’ja + Asia = Comedy

Louisville Basketball Starts Practice

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Louisville’s basketball team hit the practice court today for the first time under Coach David Padgett.
If you ask me, that looks like a National Champion caliber team.

Kyle Bolin Speaks Out in Support of Tom Jurich

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Former Louisville QB, and current Rutgers QB, Kyle Bolin, spoke about the latest investigation plaguing Louisville. In particular, Bolin offered support for Athletic Director Tom Jurich.
On Wednesday, Bolin tweeted, “I have nothing but the utmost respect for Tom Jurich and the love he has for the student-athletes at the University of Louisville.”

The Louisville transfer offered heartfelt support for his former athletics director, Tom Jurich, who has been suspended amid a nationwide investigation by the FBI into basketball recruiting bribery.
After Saturday’s 56-0 loss to Ohio State, the QB was asked to elaborate on the tweet in the post game press conference.

“Tom Jurich, first off, is an outstanding man,” Bolin said. “Everything he did at the University of Louisville, I believe and many people believe, he did what was best for the players.”
Jurich, who is on paid administrative leave, has been widely regarded as the top Athletic Director in the country.

“He was very invested in the success of the players and of the University of Louisville, and he was always very kind to me during my transfer process,” Bolin said. “He called me into his office and told me that if I ever needed anything from him in terms of possibly getting in touch with a school or anything down the road, to reach out to him.”

Bolin went on, “Having a guy like him reach out to student-athletes, especially those who are looking to take the talent they have elsewhere, that tells you about the kind of person he is.”

To read more on the story, check out Jerry Carino’s story for the Asbury Park Press.

Rutgers football: Why Kyle Bolin backs embattled Louisville AD Tom Jurich amid FBI probe

Board of Trustees To Hold Meeting Monday Morning

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The University of Louisville board of trustees has called a special meeting scheduled for Monday morning at 9 AM.
The board will discuss the latest allegations surrounding the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program brought forth by a federal investigation.

By law, the board must give 24 hours notice prior to holding a meeting. The agenda for the meeting includes an executive discussion of personnel and litigation matters. The board is also said to provide updates on the search for a university president and the accreditation review.

The meeting is OPEN to the public at will begin at 9 AM at Graweyer Hall.

For more information, check out Eric Crawford’s piece on the matter.

CRAWFORD | Louisville trustees call special Monday meeting