Rick Pitino Files Breach of Contract Lawsuit Against Louisville over Firing

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2017

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells to his team from the sideline during the first half of a first-round game against Jacksonville State in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Rick Pitino has filed a lawsuit against the University of Louisville, claiming the school committed a breach of contract when firing him, according to Paul Miles of WHAS. 

Pitino was fired in October amidst of an FBI scandal for paying recruits and their families. The veteran coach had more than $40 million remaining on his contract, running through the 2025-26 season, but removing him for cause took away any potential buyout.

Pitino claimed last month he had no knowledge of any illegal activity happening within his program and took a lie detector test to clear his name. However, Adidas recently saidthere was evidence that was "proof of Pitino's involvement in the scheme" as a counter to the coach's lawsuit against the shoe company. 

Still, Pitino is looking to gain back the money he believes is owed to him from the school.

According to Derrick Rose of WHAS, the coach is seeking $4,307,000 per year over the next nine years.

The 65-year-old spent 16 years at Louisville, earning three Final Four appearances and a national championship. He accumulated 416 wins before being fired.

David Padgett has since taken over head coaching duties at Louisville.

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