UofL places two assistant basketball coaches on administrative leave, citing federal investigation

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The overwhelming majority of the money from Louisville's multimillion-dollar deal with Adidas was paid to head coach Rick Pitino, according to a review of the contract conducted by The Courier-Journal.

With the program in flux, former Louisville center David Padgett has been tabbed as the Cardinals interim coach.

Associate coach Kenny Johnson and assistant coach Jordan Fair have been placed on paid administrative leave, effective immediately, joining the suspended Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich.

That move came almost a week after interim university president David Postel placed Jurich and basketball coach Rick Pitino on administrative leave following the school's acknowledgement of inclusion in the federal probe.

The Louisville paper also reported Pitino takes home the lion's share - 98 percent - of the university's sponsorship deal with Adidas, which is worth $160 million over 10 years. Bowen is believed to be the recruit whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges Louisville arranged adidas to pay $100,000 in exchange for a commitment to the school.

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The Louisville Athletics Association, a separate body of officials that oversees the school's sports programs, unanimously approved a resolution to fire Pitino after meeting for more than two hours on Monday. According to the newspaper, Pitino got $1.5 million of the money as part of his personal services agreement with the shoe and apparel firm, with the school getting only $25,000.

The letter talks about his involvement in two highly publicized scandals involving the men's basketball team, - including an escort scandal that resulted in penalties against the university and the linking of the University of Louisville to a basketball recruiting bribery scheme.

"Last year, his taxable income - enriched by the vesting of a $1.8 million annuity plus $1.6 million from the university to pay his taxes on it - totaled $5.3 million".

No one from Louisville has been charged, but the investigation is ongoing.

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