Louisville announces men's basketball assistant Jordan Fair fired without cause
The Cardinals still have another assistant on paid leave
The FBI's probe into nefarious recruiting in college basketball has now cost a second coach at Louisville his job.
The school announced Wednesday night that assistant coach Jordan Fair has been terminated without cause.
"The University of Louisville has parted ways with assistant men's basketball coach Jordan Fair, exercising the option in his contract to terminate his employment without cause," the statement reads. "He will continue to be paid for 30 days. Associate head men's basketball coach Kenny Johnson remains on paid administrative leave."
Fair was promoted to Cardinals assistant in March.
Johnson and Fair were put on paid leave Oct. 6. Fair's dismissal came a little more than five hours after Louisville held a press conference to announce former Stanford and TCU coach Trent Johnson had been brought on as the first full-time assistant under interim Cardinals coach David Padgett.
Despite being effectively removed from the program, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has not formally been terminated by the university. He was put on unpaid leave on Sept. 27 and the school has stated, per his contract terms, he will remain on leave until April or until the resolution of the federal government's case, which Louisville is connected to.
"We are in the process of executing our due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this an appropriate step at this time," Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra said Friday. "Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation."
No one connected to Louisville has been named or charged in the FBI's investigation at this stage. However, the federal complaint on behalf of the FBI includes a wiretapped conversation between an unnamed U of L assistant and an undercover agent on July 27. Louisville was on probation from the NCAA at that point, a sanction that stemmed from an NCAA investigation into strippers and escorts entertaining Louisville recruits and players in an on-campus dorm.
Louisville freshman Brian Bowen, a 2017 five-star prospect, is currently not being allowed to participate in any sanctioned athletic activities while his eligibility is reviewed amid the unfolding federal case. Bowen is believed to be "Player-10," whose recruitment -- according to the FBI's findings -- includes $100,000 in four payments prior to Player 10's commitment.
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