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Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

CRAWFORD | First day post-Jurich, Tyra, Louisville athletics, get back to business

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On the first day after the firing of Tom Jurich, University of Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra and coaches talked about the challenge of moving forward.

CRAWFORD | Louisville board fires Jurich, then fuels dissension with its silence Video included

University chairman Greg Postel, left, and trustee chairman David Grissom (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) University chairman Greg Postel, left, and trustee chairman David Grissom (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Louisville's lack of explanation for the firing of Tom Jurich isn't going to do much to unite its fan base.

University of Louisville fires longtime athletics director Tom Jurich Video included

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The trustees did not explain their decision, and the vote was not unanimous.

BOZICH | Louisville board shows the name on front of jersey matters Video included

The board of trustees voted for a new direction at the University of Louisville Wednesday. The board of trustees voted for a new direction at the University of Louisville Wednesday.
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The U of L board of trustees fired athletic director Tom Jurich Wednesday, two days after the school dismissed basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Rick Pitino sues Adidas for 'outrageous' conduct in basketball scandal Video included

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The lawsuit claims the ex-Louisville basketball coach was not involved in “giving improper benefits to recruits or players.” It says Adidas knew that Pitino’s reputation hinged on him running a “clean, proper and strictly compliant” program.

BOZICH | For Rick Pitino, harsh end to Hall of Fame career Video included

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What happened to Rick Pitino's Hall of Fame career at Louisville? The complete story has yet to emerge but it's reasonable to wonder if pressure to compete with Kentucky was a factor.

CRAWFORD | At the end of Pitino's Louisville line, a look back at the ride Video included

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Eric Crawford looks back at Rick Pitino's Louisville tenure, from his own recollections, and attempts to give some perspective given its scandalous end.

Sources: U of L offered $1.5 million to Pitino charity in settlement bid

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom
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The offer, which was rejected, was to a foundation honoring Rick Pitino’s late son Daniel, the sources said.

RAW VIDEO | University of Louisville fires Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino Video included

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The move comes less than three weeks after federal investigators tied Pitino’s program to a scheme to pay recruits.

Polygraph report says Pitino didn't know of payment to recruit's family

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During questioning in Miami on October 6, Rick Pitino said he did not participate in a scheme to pay the family of U of L freshman Brian Bowen, nor did he know of any payments, the polygraph examination report says. 

RAW VIDEO | Rick Pitino's attorney makes statement after closed-door meeting Video included

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Rick Pitino's attorney, Steve Pence, spoke to reporters briefly after appearing before U of L's Athletics Association Personnel Committee.

CRAWFORD | Embattled Louisville program embraces reunion with fans in first scrimmage

Louisville acting coach David Padgett talks with former Cardinals coach Denny Crum during a team scrimmage Friday night. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville acting coach David Padgett talks with former Cardinals coach Denny Crum during a team scrimmage Friday night. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Acting Louisville coach David Padgett will take support from wherever he can get it. On Friday night in the KFC Yum! Center, he wasn't disappointed.

Futures of Jurich and Pitino could be decided next week at U of L Video included

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Pitino's special meeting is set for Monday. Jurich's turn comes Wednesday.

BOZICH | The next move David Padgett needs to make for Louisville basketball

David Padgett has made 2 solid moves as the Louisville basketball coach. A recommendation for a third. David Padgett has made 2 solid moves as the Louisville basketball coach. A recommendation for a third.
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David Padgett has made two solid moves as the acting Louisville basketball coach this week. Padgett can complete the three-point play by making one more. 

Tom Jurich supporters defend his handling of Adidas sponsorship deal Video included

U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich has been on leave since Sept. 27 U of L Athletics Director Tom Jurich has been on leave since Sept. 27
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High-profile supporters of suspended University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich are pushing back against interim U of L President Greg Postel’s claim that Jurich failed to keep key people in the loop before executing a 10-year, $160 million extension of the university’s apparel sponsorship deal with Adidas.

CRAWFORD | Padgett makes a solid first hire; Johnson brings experience, familiarity Video included

New Louisville assistant basketball coach Trent Johnson. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) New Louisville assistant basketball coach Trent Johnson. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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David Padgett found not only an assistant coach with a wealth of head-coaching experience, but someone he has known since high school in veteran coach Trent Johnson.

Pitino's lawyer reiterates that alleged 'Coach 2' did nothing wrong Video included

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom
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Rick Pitino's lawyer said the University of Louisville has made a rush to judgement in essentially firing the coach and is reacting on emotion, not facts. 

Basketball scandals "a pattern" of bad behavior by Pitino, U of L charges in letter Video included

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom
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Two recent scandals in the University of Louisville men’s basketball program show “a pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” that justifies firing head coach Rick Pitino, the university’s interim president wrote in a letter to Pitino dated Tuesday.

Lawsuit against Katina Powell, publisher and author of her book has been settled Video included

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An attorney for Powell, Bart McMahon, confirmed the settlement but said he could not discuss the terms because it is confidential.

CRAWFORD | Tyra takes over Louisville athletics, but the Jurich question looms large Video included

Vince Tyra accepting the position of acting athletic director at Louisville (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Vince Tyra accepting the position of acting athletic director at Louisville (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Eric Crawford writes about the challenge awaiting Vince Tyra as acting athletic director of the University of Louisville.

BOZICH | Louisville finds natural quarterback in acting AD Vince Tyra Video included

On his Twitter account, acting Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra honors his father, Charlie, a former U of L basketball star whose Number 8 was retired. On his Twitter account, acting Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra honors his father, Charlie, a former U of L basketball star whose Number 8 was retired.
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Friends and former coaches at Trinity and the University of Kentucky describe acting Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra as a natural quarterback with outstanding business skills.

Jurich fate still uncertain following confidential U of L trustees meeting

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The fate of suspended University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich remains uncertain Monday after the U of L board of trustees took no action following a closed-door session in which his continued employment was discussed.

CRAWFORD | Louisville hoops team gets football stadium ovation, Padgett stays in the background Video included

Louisville's basketball team is introduced to the crowd on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Louisville's basketball team is introduced to the crowd on Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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While the University of Louisville basketball team was introduced to the crowd, and a rousing standing ovation Saturday, acting coach David Padgett chose to stay in the background.

CRAWFORD | Nine thoughts from a devastating week at Louisville

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Eric Crawford wraps up some thoughts on numerous subjects related to U of L's most recent basketball scandal.

CRAWFORD | Jurich says if he'd been told Pitino was 'Coach-2,' he'd have fired him Video included

U of L athletic director Tom Jurich. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) U of L athletic director Tom Jurich. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)
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Eric Crawford spoke with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich by phone on Friday afternoon. 

CRAWFORD | Awaiting a coach, Klein says Louisville basketball players continue workouts Video included

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Sports information director Kenny Klein, who spoke briefly with players, had no updates on who their interim coach would be, or when the announcement would be made.

Adidas hired Tom Jurich's daughter months before $160 million deal with University of Louisville

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Just months before the U of L Athletics Association signed a $160 million extension of its lucrative apparel deal with Adidas, the company hired athletics director Tom Jurich’s daughter Haley as an “NCAA brand communications manager,” according to her LinkedIn profile.

Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich placed on leave after latest University of Louisville basketball scandal Video included

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University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave until the next athletics association board meeting in October, a source close to Jurich told WDRB News.

Attorney unsure who U of L coaches are in complaints, but says 'Rick Pitino has done nothing wrong'

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“We don’t know who they are talking about on there but aim to find out,” attorney Steve Pence said, but he added that he has not been told Pitino is under investigation.

BOZICH | National take on Louisville basketball scandal harsh and unsparing

National columnist delivered stinging opinions on the news at the University of Louisville Wednesday. National columnist delivered stinging opinions on the news at the University of Louisville Wednesday.
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Rick Bozich of WDRB Sports collected a sample of national opinion on the developments with the University of Louisville athletic department Wednesday. 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO | Rick Pitino offers brief comment after leaving KFC Yum! Center practice facility Video included

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University of Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino spoke briefly with a WDRB News crew as he left the KFC Yum! Center practice area Wednesday morning.

RAW VIDEO | U of L's Tom Jurich arrives at -- and leaves from -- brief meeting with Interim President Greg Postel Video included

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When reporters asked Jurich on the way to the meeting whether or not he would be fired, Jurich responded by saying, "I have no idea."

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