Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.
Adidas has come forward and asked a judge to dismiss Pitino’s case against the company. They have no new evidence, but they stand by the original findings and say that Pitino knew fully of the exchange of money to Brian Bowen’s family. It seems this is just the beginning of a very long, and ugly, battle.
When Quentin Snider, Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, they never could have guessed the obstacles they would be facing. They have played through the Katina Powell scandal and now the FBI one. They never let it bring them down though, they have been the solid foundation that the freshman and sophomores have needed. Jeff Borzello with ESPN.COM talks about how vital the upperclassman have been.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal recently sat down with interim head coach, David Padgett for 30 minutes, and got the inside scoop on how he is adjusting. They talked about everything from recruiting to adjusting to the size of his new office (hint, it is huge).
Rick Pitino released a statement through his lawyer today following yesterday’s accusations. Coach Pitino condemns the latest allegations to be false and defamatory in nature. He maintains his innocence and will continue to fully cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation.
On September 26, 2017, the day started off just like any other day. Most of us went to work, student athletes and students attended classes, naps were taken, never would anyone have guessed the landscape of college basketball would be potentially changed forever that day.
Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal sat down with some of the current players on the UofL men’s basketball team and asked them how they all found out about the FBI investigation. Anas was leaving a finance class, Quentin was taking a nap, VJ and Ryan were in a biology lab, everyone was going about their normal, every day business when a tsunami hit.
While everyone had the same initial reaction of shock and disbelief, it is the way Q, Anas and Adel stepped up to make sure the team did not fall apart. Their true leadership skills shined like never before in some of the toughest days of being a cardinal.
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Brian Bowen may yet suit up for the University of Louisville Cardinals Men’s Basketball team. Bowen was a 5 star, McDonald’s All-American player in the 2017 class that was at the center of a pay for play scandal uncovered by the FBI. The scandal cost Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino their jobs.
Per Tim Sullivan of the Courier Journal, the FBI has informed UofL they may now do an internal investigation into Bowen to see if he could possibly be reinstated.
Bowen’s attorney Jason Setchen told Sullivan that there are no more “investigative impediments” on Bowen and UofL was free to do internal investigations and consider his reinstatement.
Sullivan wrote, “The university has yet to clarify whether Bowen has simply been suspended on a precautionary basis or been declared ineligible, which would make his reinstatement subject to NCAA approval.” So, Bowen’s reinstatement may be in the hands of the NCAA and not UofL.
According to Sullivan, it appears Bowen’s father, along with at least 1 UofL coach, Adidas representatives, and others were in on the scheme.
Setchen told Sullivan that Bowen was not involved and brought up the Cam Newton case from a few years ago. That case involved Newton’s father attempting to get Mississippi State to pay for his son’s services. Setchen told Sullivan he believes the circumstances are similar.
Sullivan talked to an attorney from Atlanta named Stuart Brown who has dealt with NCAA eligibility issues. Brown told Sullivan he believes Bowen will likely be reinstated with the evidence he’s viewed so far.
“I would suspect the young man would get reinstated with some repayment and community service stipulations and some meaningful withholding (from competition), but certainly not a whole season,” Brown advised Sullivan. “That’s presuming that the institution decides that a violation occurred.”
You can read Sullivan’s entire article in full detail below.
Tim Sullivan has now written an opinion piece. In it, he advised UofL can no longer just sit idly by and use the FBI investigation as a crutch in dealing with eligibility questions involving Brian Bowen.
You can read Sullivan’s full Courier Journal article via Jeff Greer’s tweet below.
Jeff Borzello and Jeff Goodman of ESPN both spoke with Setchen about Bowen. Borzello wrote an article and it basically confirmed what Setchen had told Tim Sullivan. You can read Borzello’s story and information Setchen provided to Goodman via Goodman’s tweet below.
In his first national appearance since the FBI scandal broke, Rick Pitino is sitting down with Jay Bilas. The interview will air at midnight on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.
Terry Meiners is reporting his sources are saying Tom Jurich will be fired tomorrow with just cause. This lines up with what we were told this weekend as well. What do you think about this report?
Contrary to popular belief, UofL is not the only school being hit hard by the fallout of the FBI investigation into college basketball. The Associated Press asked 84 schools how they are handling the investigations, and 63 schools responded. Take a look at the full report, and let us know if you are surprised by any of the schools that declined to respond.
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
According to the Courier Journal, Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair could be officially terminated as early as Monday. The ULAA will meet Monday to discuss the next steps following the fall out of the FBI investigation that was brought to light just two weeks ago. You can read the full outline of their contracts below.
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.
According to Tim Sullivan, Brian Bowen has hired Miami attorney Jason Setchen in an effort to play this season for UofL. As of Sunday night, Brian is still on campus but is not permitted in any team activity or practices. This is a developing story, stay with CSZ as more details are released.
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.
Not for one month.
Not for one year.
If you would like to email Dr. Postel to express your feelings about who you feel should be an interim coach, I have included his email below. Tell him we support David Padgett for Interim Head Coach.