Rick Pitino is officially out as Louisville basketball coach.
On Monday afternoon, the University of Louisville’s Athletic Association came to an agreement to terminate the contract of the Cardinals head coach “with just cause.”
Pitino has been on unpaid leave since he was identified as Coach-2 in the FBI’s NCAA bribery investigation.
BREAKING: ULAA has voted to terminate the contract of Rick Pitino "with just cause."
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 16, 2017
Of course, there is still a long legal process ahead despite Pitino’s contract being terminated. He could very well file a lawsuit against the university to recover some of the money that is being left on the table, while Louisville must continue its cooperation with the FBI in the bribery and corruption scandal.
Louisville is accused of having paid the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen $100,000 for his commitment earlier this summer.
Assistant coach James Padgett has been named the program’s interim head coach.
Padgett and the Cardinals will officially begin the post-Pitino era on Oct. 30 against Kentucky Wesleyan.