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University of Louisville Officially Fires Rick Pitino

The University of Louisville Athletic Association has axed their long-time basketball coach after he was named in a corruption scandal sweeping college basketball

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rick Pitino has been officially fired hours after his attorney told the Louisville Athletic Association that it should not get rid of the legendary coach, because his client "could not have known" about activities alleged in a national federal investigation of the sport.

Attorney Steve Pence stated his case while the ULAA was meeting to discuss whether to fire Pitino nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged the program's involvement in the investigation.

Pitino was not named in court complaints in the federal probe, but interim school president Greg Postel said in a disciplinary letter that the allegations violated his contract.

Ten people that have been arrested in the corruption case, including four college assistant coaches and an Adidas executive. One of those coaches was former Indiana Pacers player and Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person.

Pitino had been coach at Louisville since 2001.  He ends his tenure with a 415-and-141 record. 

(PHOTO: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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