Louisville basketball head coach Rick Pitino was officially fired Monday following a federal investigation into corruption and fraud claims against the athletic program. The move came after Pitino was put on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 27. Pitino, 65, is not named in court complaints in the federal probe, but interim President Greg Postel said in a disciplinary letter that the allegations violated the coach’s contract. The move Monday officially ends Pitino's 16-year tenure with the program, a run that included winning the 2013 NCAA championship but was tarnished by several embarrassing off-court incidents. The decision was made during a board meeting for the Louisville Athletic Association.
A lawsuit filed by former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt against the school alleging harm to his reputation in the wake of the athletic department's ongoing NCAA case is now a thing of the past. In a joint statement on Monday, both parties announced that a settlement had been reached in the suit. "The lawyers who represent the University and Coach Nutt have communicated during the past few weeks to reach an agreement that would allow the parties to resolve Coach Nutt's claim while avoiding the costs and distractions associated with further litigation," a joint statement read. "The parties have reached such an agreement." Nutt filed his suit in July alleging breach of contract via defamation of