- Pitino Claims Ignorance, Files Suit Against Adidas
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
Former head basketball coach Rick Pitino of Louisville has filed suit against Adidas America, Inc., and Adidas North America, Inc., seeking restitution for “damages caused by the company's bribing of recruits,” according to Sports Illustrated.
Pitino claims that he was not aware of any bribes coming through from Adidas —the official sponsor of Louisville athletics — to the school’s potential recruits.
Pitino was fired from his position at Louisville Monday after the university was named in a complaint against the former head of global sports marketing for Adidas basketball, Jim Gatto. No individual Louisville coaches were among the 10 arrested last month following the federal investigation.
At the board meeting Monday, Pitino was placed on unpaid disciplinary suspension and subsequently fired, with the university claiming just cause to terminate without paying out the remainder of his coaching contract.
Pitino submitted an affidavit to the board, saying, "I had no part — active, passive, or through willful ignorance — in the conspiracy described in the complaint. I had no reason to know about the conspiracy described in the complaint, and no reason to know about the complicity of any UL assistant coach or staff member in any bribery conspiracy.”
Upon learning of the recent filings, Adidas released a public opinion Tuesday discrediting Pitino’s claim, saying, "Mr. Pitino's lawsuit is clearly a reaction to his termination yesterday and is without merit."
- Jaguars Apologize for Anthem Demonstration in London
by News & Record October 2017
Jaguars President Mark Lamping sent a letter to the director of military affairs and veterans in Jacksonville saying the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has had on the men and women who have or continue to serve our country."
- Empty Seats Prompt Clemson to Alter Student Ticketing
by Elizabeth LaFleur October 2017
Clemson University's student government has made changes to the student football ticketing policy after much debate on and around campus.
- Texts Detail Push Against Kennesaw State Cheerleaders
by Meris Lutz October 2017
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart boasted in a series of text messages about pressuring the president of Kennesaw State University into keeping the school's cheerleaders off the field during the national anthem...
- As Transfer Rate Climbs, Mid-Major Schools Concerned
by Nicole Auerbach October 2017
Coaches constantly devise schemes and workouts that give their players an edge in competition. So when it comes to exploiting a rule such as the one governing graduate transfers, they'll do whatever it takes.
- Football Team Protests Over Campus Food Service
by David Shelton October 2017
Charleston Southern football players removed the logos from their football helmets before their game at Presbyterian College on Saturday in protest of what they say are long-standing problems with the school's cafeteria.
- Accrediting Body Rules Out New Action Against UNC
by Jane Stancill October 2017
UNC-Chapel Hill's accrediting body won't take further action after reviewing the NCAA report that last week issued no punishment against the university...
- AP: Corruption Probe Prompts Reviews of NCAA Teams
by Eddie Pells October 2017
The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball...
- Washington State Stunned as AD Bolts for Nebraska
by Theo Lawson October 2017
Bill Moos was responsible for erecting the buildings that were supposed to give Washington State's athletic programs a competitive edge in the Pac-12 facilities arms race.
- Wright State to Cut Swimming and Diving
by Max Filby October 2017
Scheduled to be a part of the university's $30.8 million in budget cuts, the swimming and diving program met the June 30 deadline to raise $85,000 to keep the men's and women's teams afloat.