Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino could be in some hot water after the Cardinals confirmed their program was part of the FBI’s investigation into a widespread NCAA bribery scandal, and it appears he is preparing for the worst.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported Pitino has informed his coaching staff that he expects to lose his job.
Pitino reportedly met with his staff early this morning and while it was not immediately clear whether he will lose his job as a result of the scandal, he “knows it’s coming.”
#Louisville source: Rick Pitino met with his staff this morning. While he has not been notified of his firing yet, he "knows it's coming."
— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) September 27, 2017
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino has told members of his coaching staff that he expects to lose his job over allegations the Cardinals basketball program is involved in a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting.
A source told ESPN’s Michael Eaves that Pitino “knows it’s coming” after a staff meeting of the basketball coaches Wednesday morning in Louisville.
Louisville is accused of being part of a scheme that resulted in the program landing five-star All-American recruit Brian Bowen, who received $100,000.
Pitino claimed in a statement that he knows nothing about the allegations, but ultimately the head coach would be held responsible if such a serious infraction of NCAA rules was discovered to be true.
The scandal has rocked the college basketball world — with Auburn’s Chuck Person, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans, Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson and USC’s Tony Bland all being arrested and facing up to 80 years in prison due to fraud and conspiracy charges — and it seems like we’re only getting started.
We’ll update the report with more information as it becomes available.
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