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Friday / January 19.
  • Louisville has placed athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave and head coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the bribery scandal.

    Steve Pence, Pitino’s attorney, told the Courier-Journal that Pitino has been “effectively fired.”

    Pitino met with interim President Greg Postel Wednesday morning and reportedly left misty eyed.

    College basketball practice begins Friday, and Louisville will do so with an interim head coach.

    “We will work quickly to name an interim head men’s basketball coach and an interim athletic director,” Postel said. “We hope to have those announcements within 48 hours.”

    Meantime, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Pitino, 65, has gauged NBA teams about a possible return to the league where he coached the Knicks and Boston Celtics, but has gotten no positive feedback.

    This was Pitino’s third major strike, following two previous scandals, including the sex scandal at Louisville for which the University was put on probation in June. The school is appealing to keep its 2013 NCAA championship intact. The NCAA suspended Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games in the 2017-18 season for the sex scandal.

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — The Knicks will retain some elements of the triangle offense, but plan to “open it up” offensively.

    That was the gist of comments from head coach Jeff Hornacek on Tuesday, the first day of training camp at the team’s training facility.

    After Kristaps Porzingis said the Knicks were still using “elements of the triangle” in the post-Phil Jackson Era, Hornacek conceded it was true.

    “I mean you guys asked that all of last year, those are basketball actions,” Hornacek said. “You know, if you’re going to throw the ball into the post guy and run some split action and you guys want to call it triangle, that’s basketball. So yeah, there’s some of that we ran last year but that’s, again, that’s just basketball stuff.”

    Louisville says it will cooperate with “any law enforcement investigation or NCAA investigation” into the latest scandal engulfing the school’s basketball program under head coach Rick Pitino.

    “Today, the University of Louisville received notice that it is included in a federal investigation involving criminal activity related to men’s basketball recruiting,” a school statement says.

    “While we are just learning about this information, this is a serious concern that goes to the heart of our athletic department and the university. UofL is committed to ethical behavior and adherence to NCAA rules; any violations will not be tolerated.

    “We will cooperate fully with any law enforcement or NCAA investigation into the matter.”

    Pitino later issued a statement through his attorney, Steve Pence: “These allegations come as a complete shock to me. If true, I agree with the US Attorneys Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville. Our fans and supporters deserve better and I am committed to taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”