Rick Pitino reportedly fired as Louisville basketball coach amid FBI investigation

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According to WDRB.com, "months before Louisville signed a 10-year, $160 million extension of its apparel deal with Adidas, the company hired athletics director Jurich's daughter Haley as an 'NCAA brand communications manager, ' according to her LinkedIn profile".

Pitino is not mentioned in the federal indictment announced Tuesday that resulted in the arrest of 10 people, including four assistant basketball coaches at major Division I programs.

On Tuesday, Federal authorities said an investigation into the NCAA revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.

The suspensions came after federal prosecutors in NY on Tuesday announced details of a sprawling corruption scandal concerning player recruitment and equipment sponsorship bribes.

Jurich's leave is paid while Pitino's is unpaid. One player will be withheld from practice and competition indefinitely, Jurich said.

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Rick Pitino. Joe Robbins Getty Images

The move comes just a day after at least four NCAA basketball coaches were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their involvement in the scheme.

Auburn University, one of the other schools mentioned in the complaint, has offered to refund season ticketholder's money this season, but Postel said that wasn't something they had thought about doing.

Pitino, who is the highest paid coach in basketball, makes almost $7.8 million a year, according to USA TODAY's salary database.

Interim president Greg Postel announced the moves at a news conference after initial reports surfaced Wednesday morning that the university had fired both Pitino and Jurich. Pitino has been suspended without pay, effective immediately. Bowen committed to Louisville on June 3. Last year, Louisville banned themselves from participating in the NCAA tournament. Pitino has coached at Boston University, Providence College, UK and Louisville in college and the Knicks and Celtics in the National Basketball Association. Pitino received a five-game suspension for that incident, which is now under appeal.

All of this comes as Louisville is still dealing with the fallout from a previous scandal involving prostitutes and players - one that could cost the team its 2013 national title.

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