Louisville fires 2nd assistant coach since scandal broke

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The fallout continues at Louisville, with the university firing a second men’s basketball assistant coach since the FBI-conducted recruiting scandal broke.

Louisville fired assistant Jordan Fair on Wednesday, the university confirmed in deeming this a without-cause termination. Fair’s contract has a clause that allows for this, according to the university. He is the second Cardinals men’s hoops assistant ousted since the scandal broke.

Associate head coach Kenny Johnson remains on paid administrative leave. Rick Pitino, of course, has been effectively fired — being placed on unpaid administrative leave — for his alleged role in another scandal that’s occurred during his 16-year tenure steering the program. Both Johnson and Fair were placed on paid leave on Friday.

The Cardinals recently hired former Stanford and TCU coach Trent Johnson as a full-time assistant to serve under interim Louisville head coach David Padgett.

The university statement indicates Fair will continue to be paid for 30 days. This season was to be Fair’s first as an assistant coach at Louisville. He worked as a program assistant during the 2016-17 season, coming to Louisville after a four-year run as a high school basketball coach in Tampa, Fla. Fair assisted in on-campus recruiting and helped with scouting last season as a program assistant. He guided Oldsmar Christian High School to a nationally ranked perch during four seasons running that prep program before moving to Kentucky.

Pitino promoted Fair to assistant coach in March, just after the Cardinals season concluded. He will not take part in this one, and the program continues to retool in what could be a steady process considering the scope of this latest scandal.

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