Louisville Places Assistant Coaches on Paid Administrative Leave Amid FBI Probe


The Louisville Courier-Journal provided a breakdown of the compensation of Tom Jurich, the athletics director, and Rick Pitino, the head men's basketball coach, both of whom are on leave after it was revealed Louisville was tied to a federal investigation of widespread corruption and bribery in the world of college basketball.

The suspensions leave the program with only acting head coach David Padgett to lead the Cardinals as practice for the 2017-18 season begins. Pete Padgett, a former standout at Nevada and Division I assistant coach, will be a consultant with the program.

Louisville and Pitino were linked almost a week ago to an alleged scheme to pay $100,000 to the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen Jr.in a deal arranged by Adidas executive Jim Gatto.

The university budgeted less for its Biology ($3.3 million), English ($4 million), History ($2.4 million) and Mathematics ($3.5 million) departments, the Courier-Journal's research showed, and his listed income was more than double that of the next-highest-paid AD, Ohio State's Gene Smith ($1.98 million).

"UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated", Louisville interim president Gregory Postel said in a statement.

Of the $39 million Adidas owed to Louisville on their original deal signed in 2014, 98% of the money ended up in Pitino's pocket.

"Last year, his taxable income - enriched by the vesting of a $1.8 million annuity plus $1.6 million from the university to pay his taxes on it - totaled $5.3 million".

"Adidas itself is now under investigation by the FBI for "efforts to secretly funnel money from Adidas to three players and their families in exchange for the players' commitments to play at two Adidas-sponsored college programs and to later sign sponsorship deals with the company once they turned pro", according to the New York Times".

No one from Louisville has been charged, but the investigation is ongoing.