Pitino Files Suit Against U of L Athletic Association

Sheri Evans
December 1, 2017

Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino sued the university's Athletic Association for $37.6 million, claiming his contract was breached and that he was sacked with no justified cause.

Pitino claims the school breached his contract when it put him on administrative leave without notifying him and then firing him with cause.

Pitino insists he wasn't aware of a payment made to the family of impact recruit Brian Bowen in exchange for Bowen choosing to play at Louisville.

Pitino was sacked for cause last month by the association's board amid an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting.

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Due to the alleged breach, Pitino's complaint states that ULAA must pay him the balance of sums due under his contract, as the former coach seeks liquidated contract damages of $4,307,000 per year through June 30, 2026 - amounting to over $38 million. The former men's basketball coach claimed his contract was breached when the school fired him in October, because it did not show legal "cause" in doing so.

But Pitino's attorneys argue in the lawsuit that regardless of the rationale, Pitino's contract required the athletics association to give the ex-coach 10 days "prior written notice and an opportunity to be heard" before handing down any discipline.

Pitino, 65, was 416-143 in 16 seasons as Louisville head coach and is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with 770 career victories.

Pitino has also filed suit against Adidas, accusing the company of damaging his reputation.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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