Letters to Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich released by Louisville

University of Louisville interim president Dr. Greg Postel on Monday released the notices of suspension sent to basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

Pitino and Jurich were both placed on administrative leave last week after the program was linked to a federal fraud and corruption probe that determined a high school basketball prospect was paid approximately $100,000 to sign with a school, which was labeled “University 6” in the report.

The prospect is believed to be Brian Bowen and the school is believed to be Louisville, which then took action to remove Pitino as its coach and Jurich as its athletic director.

Pitino was placed on “leave without pay for just cause,” according to the letter sent by Postel, because the allegations involving him and his coaching staff “constitute material violations” of his employment contract.

“You will be given an opportunity to be heard in response to this appropriate discipline within the next ten (10) days should you choose to meet with me to discuss this matter further,” Postel wrote to Pitino.

Jurich was placed “leave with pay,” pending the next Louisville Board of Trustees meeting, which was scheduled to be held Monday morning.

“At that time the question of your continued employment with the University of Louisville will be evaluated,” Postel wrote to Jurich in the letter.

The University of Louisville board of trustees will hold a meeting Monday morning to discuss the allegations against the basketball program, WDRB.com reported early Sunday morning.

The agenda for the meeting, the report said, includes an executive session discussion on personnel and litigation matters.

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were both placed on administrative leave last week after the program was linked to a federal fraud and corruption probe that determined a high school basketball prospect was paid approximately $100,000 to sign with a school, which was labeled “University 6” in the report.

The prospect is believed to be Brian Bowen and the school is believed to be Louisville, which then took action to remove Pitino as its coach and Jurich as its athletic director.

Reports indicate that Pitino’s legal team seeks to fight for the compensation still owed to the disgraced coach, which could be approximately $44 million. Pitino has denied any involvement in what the Louisville basketball program has been linked to.

Pitino issued an official statement on Friday.

Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said Saturday that he hopes Jurich will be back as Louisville’s athletic director.

“I can’t say enough about what he’s meant to me and my family,” Petrino told reporters after Louisville defeated Murray State 48-10. “Besides being my boss, he’s a really close friend, so we’re hoping he’ll be back.”

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