Louisville coaches placed on administrative leave

March 19, 2017 - Indianapolis, IN, USA - Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino and his team watch the final seconds against Michigan on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Indianapolis, Ind. Second seed Louisville lost to seventh seed Michigan 73-69 (Photo by Sam Riche/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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As a result of the Department of Justice’s investigation into fraud and bribery of multiple college basketball programs, no university is being hit harder than Louisville. The school announced on Friday that it is placing assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on paid administrative leave.

“We are in the process of executing due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this is an appropriate step at this time,” Louisville’s acting athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement, via CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. “Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation.”

Louisville placed longtime head basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on leave shortly after news of the scandal broke in late September. Though neither has been officially fired, those in the know believe it’s only a matter time until both Pitino and Jurich are dismissed.

On Thursday, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that almost all of the money program endorser Adidas paid to the school went directly to Pitino.

“In fact, under the current deal with Adidas, which expires July 1, 98 percent of the cash provided by Adidas goes to one person: Rick Pitino, the now-suspended head coach. In 2015-16, for example, $1.5 million went to Pitino under his personal services agreement with the apparel company while just $25,000 went to the program, according to a contract obtained by the Courier-Journal under the state public records act. The year before, Pitino also got $1.5 million, while the department banked just $10,000.”

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