Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave.
The bad news just keeps coming for Louisville, and according to reports, head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave—but not technically fired—though that, too, is seemingly imminent.
So why haven’t they been fired if it’s a foregone conclusion?
Both individuals have it written into their contracts that they receive notice before termination. For Pitino, it’s 10-day period; for Jurich, it’s 30. And for Louisville, this is all about saving money. The university technically can fire him, but it’s cheaper just to put him on administrative leave and wait the 10 days before officially terminating him. For Jurich it’s the exact same scenario, just with an additional 20 days of notice.
Check it out:
To review: Louisville can't fire Pitino for "just cause" until it has informed Pitino 10 days in advance.
Otherwise they owe him $.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 27, 2017
Pitino and Jurich both put on Administrative Leave….this is done because of their contracts. Pitino gets 10 days notice, Jurich 30 days
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 27, 2017
Here’s the legal jargon in Pitino’s contract, in case you’re interested:
Under Rick Pitino's contract, he can only be fired by UofL board of directors or a board subcommittee after 10 days notice. pic.twitter.com/UFAV6GClLZ
— Marcus Green (@MarcusGreenWDRB) September 27, 2017
So there you have it. The two haven’t officially been fired, but in reality, yeah, they’ve been effectively fired.