Rick Pitino sues Louisville for $38 million

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Well six weeks later, it seems as if Pitino is not going quietly.

Pitino was sacked October 16, less than three weeks after federal investigators tied the U of L program to a scheme to pay recruits.

Rick Pitino is suing the University of Louisville Athletic Association for 38 MILLION DOLLARS. claiming they breached his contract when they gave him the ax in October.

In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Pitino's attorney Steve Pence stated that ULAA breached the contract first by placing him on administrative leave without proving a 10-day advance notice and opportunity to be heard, and then by later firing him for "cause" without legal justification.

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall after having a meeting with the university's interim president Greg Postel in Lo
Rick Pitino sues Louisville for $38 million

Pitino's lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court seeks liquidated contract damages of $4.307 million through 2026.

A federal indictment suggests Pitino knew of the bribe to Bowen, though Pitino is not specifically named in the indictment.

Pitino was signed at Louisville through the 2025-2026 season but because he was sacked "for cause", Louisville attempted to make a clean break with the Hall of Fame coach.

University spokesman John Karman said the school is aware of Pitino's suit but won't comment on pending litigation. "Coach Pitino never has had any part - active, passive, or through willful ignorance - in any effort, successful or unsuccessful, completed or abandoned, to pay any recruit, or any family member of a recruit, or anyone else on a recruit's behalf, as an inducement to attend the University of Louisville".

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