Louisville puts basketball coach Pitino on leave

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The University of Louisville on Wednesday put men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave after the FBI accused coaches in his program of participating in a scheme to pay recruits’ families. Steve Pence, Pitino’s attorney, said the coach had been “effectively fired.” Under Pitino’s contract, he must be placed on leave and given 10 days’ notice so he will have “an opportunity to be heard” before he is fired. The scandal broke a day earlier when at least four assistant coaches in major college men’s basketball programs around the country were charged, along with a senior executive from Adidas and several other people. Louisville’s interim president, Greg Postel, confirmed that the school was part of the investigation, and said “any violations will not be tolerated.”

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