Report: Louisville fires basketball coach Rick Pitino amid NCAA corruption scandal


DETROIT – Louisville has fired its head basketball coach Rick Pitino and school athletic director Tom Jurich in fallout from a corruption scandal that resulted in arrests this week.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports Pitino and Jurich were both fired this morning. 

The firings are likely the result of a wide-spread corruption probe announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday.

The four coaches involved are Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, Southern California assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson and Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans.

Team managers, financial advisors, and representatives of a major international sportswear company are also among those charged in the case, the DOJ release said. 

James Gatto, Adidas Basketball's head of global marketing, was among those targeted in the probe, according to court documents filed Monday.

"Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an Adidas employee. We are learning more about the situation. We're unaware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more," Adidas said in a statement.

The investigation has revealed instances of alleged bribes paid to assistant and associate basketball coaches to show influence over student athletes, according to court documents.