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University of Louisville would have to give Pitino notice, chance to present evidence before firing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  If the University of Louisville wants to fire men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino, it must first give Pitino at least 10 days’ written notice of its reasons for doing so and afford Pitino an opportunity to “present evidence,” according to Pitino’s contract running through 2026.

And only the board of the U of L Athletics Association – or a committee of that board – can make the decision, according to the contract.

If the university wants to fire longtime U of L athletics director Tom Jurich, meanwhile, it may have to give him 30 days to straighten things out, depending on the reason the university cites, according to Jurich’s contract, which extends to 2023.

Pitino and Jurich’s futures at U of L are the subject of speculation after federal authorities alleged in a sweeping indictment Tuesday that two assistant basketball coaches at U of L were involved in steering thousands of dollars in payments from Adidas, the school’s apparel provider, to the families of recruits.  

U of L interim President Greg Postel, the chairman of the athletics board, met Tuesday morning with Leslie Strohm, the university’s top lawyer, and with Jurich, according to multiple reporters staking out Postel’s office at Grawemeyer Hall.

Jurich declined to speak with reporters after spending less than 10 minutes in Grawemeyer Hall.

This story will be updated.

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