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Pitino files lawsuit against Adidas

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(TSX / STATS) -- Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino filed a lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday, one day after the apparel company terminated its personal services contract with him.

Pitino was officially fired by Louisville on Monday in the wake of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball. Hours later, Adidas ended its agreement with the beleaguered coach.

Pitino's suit against Adidas was filed in U.S. District Court and seeks unspecified actual damages, punitive damages and attorney fees.


Pitino officially fired amid FBI probe

(TSX / STATS) -- The University of Louisville's athletic board voted unanimously Monday to fire Rick Pitino as men's basketball head coach in the wake of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association voted to terminate Pitino's contract "with just cause" despite an argument from Pitino's lawyers. The board voted unanimously two weeks ago to initiate the process of dismissing Pitino for cause.


UNC avoids penalties in academic case

(TSX / STATS) -- North Carolina's athletic department avoided major penalties when the NCAA Committee on Infractions was unable to conclude the university violated academic rules when it made "paper courses" available to the general student body, including student-athletics.

The practice went on from 1993 to 2011 -- the NCAA investigation was from 2002-11 -- and it involved a Department of African and Afro-American Studies course that required no attendance. Students would write a paper of at least 10 pages instead of having to attend lectures or interact with professors and there was evidence of grade changes and forged faculty signatures.


Louisville places 2 coaches on leave

(TSX / STATS) -- Louisville placed two assistant coaches on leave Friday amid the FBI probe into corruption in college basketball as the university continued its investigation into NCAA violations involving paying a recruit.

The suspensions leave the program with only acting head coach David Padgett to lead the Cardinals as practice for the 2017-18 season begins.


Louisville names Padgett interim coach

(TSX / STATS) -- Louisville assistant coach David Padgett was named the Cardinals' acting head coach on Friday, two days after Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid leave.

The action against Pitino came after he was linked to a federal corruption investigation that affected college basketball.


Oklahoma St. fires asst. tied to scandal

(TSX / STATS) -- Oklahoma State dismissed associate head coach Lamont Evans, who was one of 10 people arrested this week as part of the FBI's investigation into college basketball bribery and corruption.

The school suspended Evans on Tuesday and on Thursday it announced Evans has been terminated.


FBI subpoenas Nike's youth hoops program

(TSX / STATS) -- The other shoe could be about to drop in the widespread investigation into bribery, fraud and corruption in college basketball.

"Employees of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League have been subpoenaed by FBI for furtherance of investigation," attorney and Forbes contributor Darren Heinter tweeted on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

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