Greg Postel, who on Wednesday, Sept. 27, placed basketball coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich on administrative leave, said the investigation was "another stumbling block." jclay@herald-leader.com
Greg Postel, who on Wednesday, Sept. 27, placed basketball coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich on administrative leave, said the investigation was "another stumbling block." jclay@herald-leader.com

Men's Basketball

Louisville already busted in bracket before season even begins

From staff and wire reports

September 28, 2017 12:51 AM

The scandal enveloping college basketball already has painted dirty a handful of schools and coaches.

You knew it wouldn’t be long before Twitter got in its licks. And, sure enough, we have a winner:

Well it's been done



a 16 finally beat a 1https://t.co/T52Y1bOPVG pic.twitter.com/9ya5yeTyWo

— Spencer Klein (@kleincreativity) September 27, 2017

But it was no joke for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who on Wednesday was placed on administrative leave by the university along with athletic director Tom Jurich amid the FBI’s corruption investigation in college basketball.

Don’t expect Pitino to be back.

Steve Pence, Pitino’s attorney, told the Courier-Journal that his client is “effectively fired.”

Live look at Louisville's basketball program #TrashTalkTuesday pic.twitter.com/jOdkZBFbqA

— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) September 26, 2017

ESPN reported that Louisville was identified as “University-6” in investigation documents, which claimed that there was an agreement between a Cardinals staffer, Adidas official James Gatto and others to funnel $100,000 to the family of a recruit who committed to the school.

“These allegations come as a complete shock to me,” Pitino said in a statement, evidently with a straight face.

Pitino has survived several scandals at the school, including the infamous one involving strippers who were hired by a former assistant to lure recruits.

This latest transgression likely will bury Pitino, but will Louisville basketball ever recover?

Some, including Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, think that the program deserves the death penalty.

Column: Louisville basketball should be given the NCAA death penalty if bombshell allegations prove true https://t.co/YxnTdNZyc1

— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) September 26, 2017

And this could be just the beginning as the FBI continues its investigation.

Four assistant coaches at high-profile universities were charged Tuesday in a fraud and corruption scheme, including Auburn assistant and former NBA star Chuck Person.

An FBI spokesperson at Tuesday’s news conference announcing the charges warned other schools to come forward first.

“We have your playbook,” the spokesperson said. “... If you are involved in this, call us. It will be better for you to call us than for us to call you.”

NCAA basketball coaches charged as FBI uncovers bribery scheme

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced charges stemming from an FBI investigation into top NCAA basketball programs that also involved a corrupt scheme with a major sportswear company.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

Wiretaps. Surveillance video. Undercover agents. Cooperating witnesses.



This corruption investigation has it all. https://t.co/yCTIRxzsnm

— ESPN (@espn) September 27, 2017

Today is an ugly day in college hoops & is sad reading about all the sleaze /no punches pulled by @YahooForde https://t.co/DGp2vmMFjU

— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 27, 2017

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