Yesterday, several news outlets acrosss the country confirmed Rick Pitino as “Coach-2” in the FBI indictment papers.
As you guys know, Coach-2 is the one confirmed as the orchestrator of Brian Bowen receiving $100,000, with the ability to just “pick up the phone and call somebody, and say these are my guys, they’re taking care of us,” among other things.
With the confirmation, the idea of Louisville receiving the Death Penalty from the NCAA is entirely possible, and the basketball program could crumble with years of recovery time.
It was reported that Tom Jurich told Louisville interim president Greg Postel he would not fire Pitino, and if “he goes, I go.”
This afternoon, WDRB’s Eric Crawford reported that Jurich told him in a phone interview he would have “immediately dismissed” Pitino if he had known he was indeed “Coach-2.”
“The idea that I would turn a blind eye toward blatant violations of NCAA rules is preposterous,” Jurich said. “No information was presented to me naming Rick Pitino as “Coach-2″ in the FBI affidavit. If I had evidence that any coach or athletic department personnel ever willfully violated NCAA rules they would be immediately dismissed. But, I have never been presented with that information.”
Likely story, Tom.