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Rick Pitino releases second statement

Raphielle Johnson



Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells to his team from the sideline during the first half of a first-round game against Jacksonville State in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
AP Photo/Michael Conroy

One day after it was announced that 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches, were arrested as part of an FBI probe into corruption and fraud, the University of Louisville made two significant changes within its athletic department.

Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave, and head coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave. While no one connected with the school was among those arrested, there was a portion of the document that focused on the recruitment of freshman guard Brian Bowen (who is being held out of all activities as a result).

Having already released one statement that he has done nothing wrong, Pitino via his lawyers released a second Wednesday afternoon.

It remains to be seen if Pitino has in fact coached his last game at Louisville, with the school already under investigation due to NCAA violations stemming from accusations made by a former escort. Placing Pitino on administrative leave helps cover the university, as firing him immediately could open the door for Pitino to sue Louisville.

Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.