LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The clock continues to tick for Rick Pitino.
The suspended University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach could learn his fate on Monday. That’s when the UofL Athletic Association Board is expected to vote on whether to fire Coach Pitino.
The university had to give a 10-day notice before it could take any final action against the coach. Coach Pitino said he will be vindicated in the FBI investigation.
His attorney, Steve Pence, says it will be a ‘bare-knuckle fight’ over Pitino’s contract and pay out if he’s fired.
Pence entered the board meeting around 11:30 a.m. and presented his argument for keeping Pitino for at least an hour.
Part of Pence's presentation included an affidavit signed by Pitino, in which the coach stated that he voluntarily met with FBI agents and answered there questions, in addition to taking a polygraph test. Pitino also said in the affidavit that assertions made in the ULAA's termination letter "impugn my integrity, honesty, and commitment to ethics in sports."
Pence's presentation also included text messages between a coach that could be Pitino and sports agent Christian Dawkins regarding the recruitment of Brian Bowen, as well as text messages between a coach and Adidas executive Jim Gatto.
When Pence left the board meeting he said the following.
"The right thing to do is bring coach back. I think we made a very compelling case," Pence said.
Pence went on to say that no one can guarantee the conduct of others and if it happened under Pitino's watch, it also happened under Postel's leadership.
Coach Pitino remains on unpaid administrative leave at this time.
The 28-member board met a little after 9 a.m.
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