Rick Pitino is not going down without a fight. The suspended men’s basketball coach has served the University of Louisville with a breach of contract notice, according to WDRB.com.
The university’s athletics association voted to begin the process of firing Pitino.
A Hall of Fame coach, Pitino was suspended without pay last week after a FBI investigation in college basketball alleged Louisville committed acts of fraud and corruption while recruiting players. The notice alleges the university failed to properly notify Pitino and did not give him an opportunity to respond when he was placed on unpaid administrative leave last Tuesday.
Here’s more on the notice from WDRB:
“According to Pitino’s contract, for U of L to fire or place Pitino on leave, it must first give him at least 10 days’ written notice of its reasons for doing so and afford Pitino an opportunity to ‘present evidence.’
“In a letter given to Pitino on Tuesday, the university said that violations outlined in a federal complaint on college basketball bribery and corruption constituted a material violation of his contract, and it was placing him on leave immediately, with 10 days’ pay.
“Pitino’s letter says that the federal allegations against his staff are “disturbing and unprecedented in (their) allegations of willful misconduct, violations of NCAA Bylaws, and dishonesty, and serve to severely damage the reputation of the University of Louisville.
“And only the board of the U of L Athletics Association – or a committee of that board – can make the decision to fire Pitino, according to the contract.
“U of L interim President Greg Postel declined to say whether he believes Pitino – alleged to be the ‘Coach-2’ the feds describe as helping facilitate the Adidas payments – had knowledge of the misconduct described in the criminal complaint.”