Rick Pitino on Administrative Leave Amidst NCAA Allegations

Rick Pitino on Administrative Leave Amidst NCAA Allegations

University of Minnesota officials confirmed Wednesday night that the athletic department has not been contacted by the FBI in its recent investigation in college basketball recruiting.

But Postel would not confirm media reports that "Coach-2" is Pitino.

A top Adidas executive is included in the ten men charged, as are five other men involved in NCAA basketball.

Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person has been arrested as part of an Federal Bureau of Investigation corruption sting involving the world of college basketball recruiting.

In addition, video cameras recorded a conversation between former ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins, Florida-based AAU director Jonathan Brad Augustine and an undercover agent in which Pitino's influence at Adidas was discussed. The FBI did not have a wiretap on Gatto's phone, so what they talked about is not known.

The program is also suspected of paying a recruit almost $100,000 from May to September 2017.

Interim Louisville President Gregory Postel said Thursday that the university has been given enough information to determine who "Coach-1" and "Coach-2" are, but could not name them citing the ongoing federal investigation.

At least three top high school basketball players were promised payments of as much as $150,000 to attend two colleges that were sponsored by Adidas.

On Tuesday, Pitino said that the accusations "come as a complete shock to me".

If you're an average college basketball fan, you probably like the sport for a few reasons: The atmosphere of a college basketball game is incredible, the players appear to "give more effort" than the NBA, and the players play for free, therefore it is not about money-or is it? Pitino issued a statement through Pence yesterday, saying he was committed to "taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable".

He was already on probation with Louisville following a sex scandal involving the hiring of strippers and escorts entertaining recruits and other players in dormitory rooms. Pitino's son, Richard, who now coaches the Minnesota Golden Gophers, has since released a statement of his own, via ESPN.

Richard Pitino was not available for comment on Wednesday.

Before being hired by the Thunder in 2015, Donovan spent 21 years as a college head coach, both at Marshall and Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

He has been especially successful at Louisville. Pictured: Pitino looks on during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis.

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