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UofL wants judge to drop Pitino lawsuit

The motion states that under Rick Pitino, the university was the subject of three of the most notorious scandals in college sports history.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Attorneys for UofL's Athletics Association have filed a motion to get Rick Pitino’s lawsuit dropped. They said Pitino caused catastrophic damage to the school, leading to his firing.

The motion states that under Rick Pitino, the university was the subject of three of the most notorious scandals in college sports history: Pitino's scandal involving Karen Sypher, the program's escort scandal, and the FBI Investigation. It says each of these scandals involved Pitino's hand-picked assistant coaches and staff as well as cover ups of illicit activities under Pitino's watch.

Pitino seeks to recover nearly 40 million dollars claiming the association breached his employment agreement by placing him on paid administrative leave prior to his termination.

This motion said under his contract, the paid administrative leave does not qualify as a discipline, and therefore did not constitute a breach.

They said this case involves a highly compensated college basketball coach, who was paid millions of dollars each year to run a clean program and who was terminated for serious violations of NCAA rules.

Pitino was also asked to admit his involvement in a pay to play scheme involving a student athlete.