Rick Pitino doesn’t sound too worried about the FBI’s investigation of NCAA basketball.
Ten individuals were charged last Tuesday in connection with claims that certain basketball programs were receiving bribes — namely, from Adidas — to give to top recruits in order to lure them to those colleges. It led to Louisville putting Pitino, who’s believed to be in FBI documents as “Coach-2,” on unpaid administrative leave, but the embattled Cardinals coach said he “will be vindicated.”
“Right now it’s in the lawyers’ hands,” Pitino told The Courier-Journal on Sunday in a phone interview. “I went to Miami. I’m selling my house (in Louisville). I love (interim men’s basketball coach) David Padgett. I love the boys. I hope they win the national championship. I’m not doing anything but laying low.”
Louisville’s alleged involvement deals with five-star recruit Brian Bowen, whose family the FBI says collected $100,000 from Adidas Global Marketing Director for Basketball Jim Gatto and who’s since been suspended from all team activities. Pitino allegedly facilitated the deal through three phone calls to Gatto.
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