Things could be getting even uglier for Rick Pitino, who was placed on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday. Pitino was not immediately fired because his contract requires a 10-day warning period before he can be removed, but now a new report makes it clear the chances of Pitino returning to his position as Louisville basketball coach are slim to none.
According to a report from Dana Jacobsen of CBS Sports, Pitino has been identified as “Coach-2” in the FBI report that was released on Tuesday.
In the court documents, “Coach-2” played a role in providing payments for a highly-touted recruit’s family.
A federal bribery investigation into men’s college basketball may have cost hall of fame coach Rick Pitino his job: pic.twitter.com/0XaGaOvXCR
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 28, 2017
It’s important to note that Pitino has yet to be charged with any crime.
One of the players believed to be involved in the bribery scandal is five-star recruit Brian Bowen, who committed to Louisville in June. A 2019 recruit is also connected to the scheme, with a reported agreement to pay his family $5,000 a month.
This is just the tip of the iceberg and you can guarantee there are countless other coaches across the country who are nervous about what stones will be turned over next.