Pitino did admit to being in touch with Adidas representative James Gatto, the company's director of global sports marketing who was charged with fraud and money laundering in the alleged bribery plot.
The University of Louisville fired Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino on Monday amid a national investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of allegations of corruption in college basketball.
Rick Pitino's time at Louisville could be nearing an end but his lawyer is stridently making his case at the University of Louisville Athletic Association meeting on Monday.
"We listened carefully to what they said, we read carefully everything they gave us", university interim President Greg Postel said of the legal team's presentation.
"ULAA's October 4, 2017 letter to me says that I should have known about any assistant coach or staff member's complicity in the bribery matter", Pitino wrote in his affidavit.
The Hall of Fame coach was placed on unpaid administrative leave following a brief face-to-face meeting with interim president Gregory Postel on September 27. His attorney, Steve Pence, told reporters on Monday that Pitino was not involved in the payment scheme and should be reinstated. "'But I vehemently reject its right to do so 'for cause.' I have given no 'cause" for termination of my contract.
Of course, this is far from the end of Pitino's scrap with Louisville-as evidenced by both his newfound sense of flawless timing and his lawyer's packet of examples showing the former Cardinals coach to be a Good Man, Pitino does not want to go the Gary Andersen route; instead, he wants his money and his name to be cleared. Bowen was suspended indefinitely shortly after the FBI announced the results of the investigation.
Already on probation for a scandal involving strippers and escorts entertaining recruits and other players in dorm rooms - Pitino also said previous year he was unaware of those actions - the Louisville basketball program could face severe NCAA penalties depending on the outcome of the current investigation.
Then shortly after the firing announcement came, he tweeted, "The lawyers will make out big as the Cards will be SUED by Rick Pitino to get 44 Million dollars left on his contract". 'I never have had any part - active, passive, or through willful ignorance - in any effort, successful or unsuccessful, completed or abandoned, to pay any recruit, or any family member of a recruit, or anyone else on a recruit's behalf, as an inducement to attend UL'.
Pitino coached 16 years at Louisville and led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA championship.