College basketball scandal updates: Fired Louisville coach Rick Pitino sues Adidas
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A day after being fired by Louisville, Rick Pitino filed a lawsuit against Adidas on Tuesday claiming the shoe company gave money to a Cardinal recruit behind his back.
Adidas dropped Pitino from a personal services contract just hours after the University of Louisville Athletic Association fired him on Monday for his role in college basketball's recruiting scandal.
Pitino is suing Adidas for damaging his reputation and causing him emotional distress and is seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
In other recent developments…
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- Parrish: Pitino will never coach college hoops again, industry sources tend to believe
- Hall-of-Fame coach Louisville with but to fire him after his involvement in a past recruiting scandal, but Pitino plans to .
- After Pitino was put on leave, , a former Louisville player, was named acting head coach.
- Louisville named Vince Tyra, a former University of Kentucky baseball player and Louisville businessman, will be the interim athletic director.
- The Cardinals fired assistant coach without cause and the other remaining assistant coach, Kenny Johnson, was placed on paid administrative leave.
- Louisville hired Trent Johnson, to be an assistant coach.
- Assistant coach Chuck Person, a former NBA player and Auburn alum, is accused of handling a total of $141,500. Person was suspended without pay.
- The program is already being impacted by losing a high-profile recruit and offering to give
- Assistant coach Emanuel "Book" Richardson is accused of paying a player identified only as "Player-5" $5,000 in bribe money to sign with the Wildcats. Richardson has been suspended with pay,
- Arizona coach Sean Miller on the investigation.
- The family of five-star point guard
- USC assistant Tony Bland is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, soliciting a bribe and wire fraud. Bland has been charged with providing $9,000 cash payments to the families of two current USC players and has been suspended.
- Bland who has represented El Chapo and John Gotti Jr.
- Assistant coach Lamont Evans is accused of receiving at least $22,000 in bribe money to "exert his influence over certain student-athletes" at Oklahoma State and South Carolina, where he was also an assistant before leaving for OSU. by Oklahoma State.
- First-year said he is not fearful he lose his job when he addressed the media.
- Evans, formerly an assistant at Oklahoma State, is also accused of accepting bribe money while an assistant at South Carolina.
- Athletic director Ray Tanner issued a statement that South Carolina is " " of the FBI probe, but acknowledged that Evans was investigated.
- after athletic director Greg Byrne initiated an internal review of its men's basketball program in response to the scandal.
- The president of the University of Miami acknowledged that the .
- A report says .
Other individuals impacted
- Jim Gatto, director of Adidas global sports marketing: Accused of paying families of two high-profile recruits to play for Adidas-affiliated schools. One of those schools is Louisville. Money exchanged with the two families was $100,000 and $150,000, according to the FBI.
- Merl Code, recently left Nike for Adidas: A right-hand man for Gatto involved in many of these exchanges, according to the complaint.
- Christian Dawkins, former NBA agent recently fired from ASM Sports: Broker who organized the deals between the assistant coaches and Gatto. He was caught on a wire saying, "If you're going to fund those kind of guys, I mean we'd be running college basketball."
- Jonathan Brad Augustine, president of The League Initiative, director of an Adidas-sponsored program: Helped funnel/hide money through that youth basketball program. Also involved/connected to the recruitment of an unidentified 2018 player who is being courted by a number of high-profile schools.
- Munish Sood, financial adviser: Along with Dawkins, the U.S. Attorney's office alleges he was a power broker in helping move approximately $250,000 to families of high school basketball players with the help of Gatto.
- Rashan Michel, representative of Thompson Bespoke Clothing, former NCAA referee: Involved most intensely in dealing with Person at Auburn.
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