Rick Pitino Sues Louisville ... You Owe Me $38 MILLION!!

Rick Pitino seeks nearly $40 million in lawsuit against University of Louisville

Ousted University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the school's athletics board on Thursday, claiming he is owed $4.3 million per year over the next nine years.

Pitino insists he wasn't aware of a payment made to the family of impact recruit Brian Bowen in exchange for Bowen choosing to play at Louisville.

Pitino was sacked in October in the wake of an FBI investigation of bribery and fraud in college basketball related to the steering of recruits to Adidas, sports agents and financial advisers.

Pitino, 65, was 416-143 in 16 seasons as Louisville head coach and is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with 770 career victories.




In September, Pitino was "effectively fired" without proper notice, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that the board's actions violated his employment contract in two ways - first, during his suspension in September and again when he was sacked in October. The coach was placed on unpaid leave, locked out of his office and had access to his university email blocked.

"As the complaint details, in order for ULAA to find "cause" resulting from an assistant coach's misconduct, it must have proof that Coach Pitino failed to diligently supervise its staff; it is not enough that an assistant coach engaged in that misconduct", stated Pence.

This ain't the first suit Pitino's team has fired off. last month they sued Adidas for terminating their multi-million dollar deal with the coach.

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