We have a new update on the Rick Pitino-Louisville situation. It’s not a good one for the former Cardinals’ head coach.
The university is seeking to dismiss Pitino’s lawsuit against the school. The head coach believes he was unjustly fired and is seeking the money he believes he’s owed from his contract.
Louisville, though, is fighting back. The Cardinals say the former head coach caused “catastrophic” damage.
The University of Louisville Athletic Association’s attorneys filed a new motion on Monday.
From the Courier-Journal:
ULAA’s defense team argued in a document filed Monday that the university “undeniably had just cause” to fire Pitino on Oct. 16, 2017, pointing to Pitino’s contractual terms regarding NCAA violations.
“Through this lawsuit, Pitino seeks to recover nearly $40 million while saddling the university, its student-athletes, and its fans with the devastating consequences of his own shortcomings based on the hollow claim that he did not know what was happening in his own program,” the ULAA motion read. “But Pitino’s knowledge, or alleged lack thereof, is irrelevant to this motion. Under his employment contract, ULAA had the right to terminate Pitino for ‘just cause,’ which was defined to include, among other things, the occurrence of a Level I NCAA violation that damages the University in a material fashion.”
Pitino was fired back in the fall after the FBI’s investigation into corruption within the sport. Louisville reportedly received a commitment from a five-star recruit after his family was given money by the Cardinals’ apparel sponsor, adidas.
You can view the full new update here.