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A day after the University of Louisville men’s basketball program was implicated in a widespread college basketball corruption scheme, a response — and fallout — is expected on campus.
Thus far, U of L Athletics spokesman Kenny Klein has declined to comment directly, referring to a statement released Tuesday from U of L interim president Gregory Postel saying the university would cooperate fully with the FBI investigation and calling the incident is a “serious concern.”
The Card Chronicle — a U of L fan site — is reporting that Athletic Director Tom Jurich has been fired; a U of L spokesperson declined to confirm that.
U of L has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has been fired https://t.co/kD2ukAZajy
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) September 27, 2017
Head Coach Rick Pitino said in a statement Tuesday night the allegations came as a complete shock to him. ESPN reports that Pitino has told his staff that he expects to be fired today. WDRB’s Jason Riley said a meeting Wednesday morning would announce big news.
I hear the big news is coming in the morning. And it is Big. News.
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) September 26, 2017
Some in the basketball community rallied around the school’s athletics department.
Lonnie Ali, wife of Muhammad Ali, and John Ramsey — both big U of L supporters — tweeted to Gov. Matt Bevin, asking he influence the school’s trustees to retain Jurich.
Responses to those tweets were overwhelmingly negative, asking Jurich be let go from his position.
— Lonnie Ali (@LonnieAli_) September 27, 2017
— John Ramsey (@JohnRamseyUofL) September 27, 2017
If the university fires Pitino, things could get ugly — at least according to the coach’s lawyer.
WHAS’s Terry Meiners quoted Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, as saying Pitino would not be fired “without a bare knuckle fight.” Pitino issued a statement through Pence yesterday, saying he was committed to “taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”
NEW: attorney says "the facts are ugly" but he promises "a bare knuckle fight" if UofL tries to fire Rick Pitino https://t.co/3Ut7xc00Xi
— Terry Meiners (@terrymeiners) September 27, 2017