Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino has been fired after the collage program was linked to a huge fraud and corruption investigation.
Pitino was told he had been sacked during a meeting on Wednesday morning, ESPN reports.
Athletic director Tom Jurich was also let go by Louisville.
Pitino was one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball with a $7.7 million salary.
Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino was told he had been sacked during a meeting on Wednesday morning
His sacking comes after he said on Tuesday he was shocked by corruption allegations made by prosecutors in New York against some college basketball assistant coaches.
A top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches are among 10 men charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.
Some of the most explosive allegations appear to involve Louisville, which already is on NCAA probation over a sex scandal. Court papers contain enough details to identify Louisville.
Pitino said he agreed with prosecutors that third-party schemes initiated by a few bad actors “operated to commit a fraud” on universities and their basketball programs.
He said fans and supporters deserve better.