According to various reports this morning, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich will be fired today, due to the ongoing FBI investigation regarding fraud and corruption involving tens of thousands of dollars being paid to assistant coaches/head coaches to steer future NBA players to sports agents, financial advisors and sports apparel companies.
"Louisville wasn’t named explicitly or charged in the FBI’s sweeping investigation on wide-spread corruption within college basketball, but it’s easy to identify the Cardinals as “University-6” in the indictment from the Department of Justice. The program allegedly worked with Adidas to send $100,000 to an unnamed recruit for his commitment to the program. That recruit appears to be McDonald’s All-American shooting guard Brian Bowen."
"The report also details Louisville was working on securing a payment for a future recruit. An unnamed Louisville coach is recorded saying “we gotta be very low key” while noting the program was already in trouble with the NCAA."
This will be a very broad process, that will most likely involve numerous assistant/head coaches as the investigation continues.
Cooperation will likely lead to lesser harsh prison sentences, which will undoubtedly indict other head/assistant coaches based on the wire taps and evidence levied against them.
It seems at this point that no big-name program in Division 1 college hoops athletics will be spared, if evidence exists that they too were involved in the matter.
I might also add that this also indicts the NCAA as being incapable of maintaining regulations within their own jurisdiction. And, perhaps, warrant an investigation of the NCAA itself to make sure nothing untoward is going on within their own ranks.
What a mess....