Pitino Denounces U of L Board, Claims ‘Vindication’ On ESPN Thursday, Oct 19 2017 

Former University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino publicly defended his reputation Wednesday, saying he would be “vindicated” by the end of the federal investigation into bribery allegations in men’s college basketball.

Pitino parried the public accusations in his interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas, which aired Wednesday night. In the interview, Pitino said he was sure he would be cleared of the FBI investigation without any charges. His lawyer said yesterday Pitino has been subpoenaed by a grand jury as part of the investigation.

In the interview, Pitino said U of L’s board of trustees — which on Wednesday voted to fire athletic director Tom Jurich — doesn’t represent the university.

“This board of trustees — locking me out of my office, telling me I’m dismissed before facts came out — let it develop. They’re not the University of Louisville. They’re a board hired by the governor to deal with the president’s situation awhile ago. They’re not the University of Louisville that I know,” Pitino said.

Pitino was fired this week by the U of L Athletic Association board of directors, not by the trustees.

He added that his reputation of being vigilant about his players and programs hurts the public’s opinion of him.

“Of course it hurts me. I want everybody to be proud of me. It hurts. But that being said, if I knew something was wrong, I immediately would’ve terminated anybody in that situation,” he said.

From ESPN:

Pitino took responsibility for the staff he hired but said he could not have known about the ensuing scandals.

The Hall of Fame coach was fired after a federal criminal complaint alleged his assistant coaches partnered with Adidas to bribe recruit Brian Bowen into joining the program.

Adidas ended their contract with Pitino shortly after he was fired, prompting a lawsuit from Pitino.

Pitino told Bilas his interaction with Adidas was minimal, estimating he talked with representatives at the company between two and three times a year. He blamed the apparel company for much what’s been alleged in the FBI investigation.

“They took my love and my passion away from me,” Pitino said of Adidas. “They’re responsible for their actions. As I take ownership for two hires, they must take ownership for what they did.”

Pitino said he was unsure whether he would continue coaching. David Padgett was picked to replace Pitino in the interim, joining Vince Tyra as an interim appointment made under fallout from the FBI investigation.

Tyra was picked as an interim to replace Jurich, whom the board of trustees fired yesterday. A call for comment from the board of trustees was not returned at the time of this post.

University of Louisville trustees fire athletics director Tom Jurich Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 

After a lengthy closed session discussion at their meeting Wednesday afternoon, the University of Louisville board of trustees voted 10-3 to fire the school’s longtime athletics director Tom Jurich. This move comes three weeks after news of the latest scandal involving the UofL men’s basketball team broke, as the program was swept up by a […]

U of L Trustees Fire Athletic Director Tom Jurich Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has fired athletic director Tom Jurich. The action Wednesday afternoon came during a special board meeting. The board voted 10-3 in favor of firing Jurich for cause.

Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave last month after the school acknowledged that it was included in an FBI investigation of recruiting practices in men’s college basketball.

A federal complaint alleges that some schools conspired with the Adidas sports apparel company to bribe recruits and their families to attend Adidas-sponsored schools.

Jurich is not named in the complaint, but his letter of suspension from interim school president Greg Postel called the level of misconduct alleged in the probe and the negative attention it has brought to the university “unacceptable.”

The allegations were leveled as U of L was appealing NCAA sanctions handed down following an escort scandal involving the men’s basketball program.

Jurich’s termination comes two days after the firing of Cardinals coach Rick Pitino.

Jurich came to Louisville 20 years ago from Colorado State University and is credited with bringing the U of L athletic department into national prominence. Some U of L donors, supporters and coaches lobbied to have Jurich reinstated.

Louisville businessman and former U of L Foundation board member Vince Tyra is serving as acting athletic director.

Five months later, Google Fiber turns on its high-speed internet service in Louisville Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 

Google Fiber has rolled out its internet service in Louisville’s West End, with its ultra-fast connection going for $70 per month. City and company officials said that by starting the service in an economically distressed neighborhood, they were sending the message that they are serious about making sure that every resident in Louisville can take […]

Attorney pleads Rick Pitino’s case to UofL athletics board Monday, Oct 16 2017 

Steve Pence, Rick Pitino’s attorney, went before the University of Louisville Athletics Association Board of Directors Monday to make his case for why the Hall of Fame head coach shouldn’t lose his job following a federal fraud and bribery scandal involving Adidas and multiple colleges, including UofL. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, the ULAA board was […]

Federal Head Start official: JCPS culture of abuse sickening Friday, Oct 13 2017 

The nation’s top child well-being official said this week that reading her agency’s report about abuse and neglect of young children in Jefferson County Public Schools made her ill. “These are kids who are being slapped, pushed, shoved, yelled at, thrown on the floor. Reading those violations make one sick to one’s stomach,” said Ann […]

Louisville KY 2017-10-13 16:02:15 Friday, Oct 13 2017 

LOUISVILLE, KY (OCTOBER 13, 2017) -Engineers, artists, scientists, and crafters will unite at Fourth Street Live! to share their innovations and ideas. Makers will be present from noon-5pm to present their experiments, projects, and hobbies on Saturday, October 21st. This is a family-friendly event until 5pm, and then Big Kid fun will begin at 6pm
for those 21+.

The 5th annual Louisville Mini Maker Faire has created a new partnership with Fourth Street Live! this year, as the event continues to grow. The Mini Maker Fair has previously been held in union with Nulu Fest and at West Main Street’s Museum Row.

In 2006, the editors of _Make: Magazine_ set out to complete a project, in the San Francisco Bay Area, which successfully became the first ever Maker Faire. About five years ago, chatter began about creating a similar innovative fair in Louisville. The stars seemed to align as a dinner with Louisville native, Dale Dougherty (_Make: Magazine’s
_founder and leader of the Maker Movement), led to the formation of Louisville’s own Mini Maker Faire.
maker faire
“The Louisville Mini Maker Faire has been such a success over the past five years and we plan to keep the momentum going” said Ed Hartless, President of Fourth Street Live!. “We are enthusiastic about this partnership as it gives us the opportunity to be a part of such innovation and inspire those in our community to be makers themselves.”

Family-friendly attractions from noon-5pm will include: glassblowing, forging, aluminum casting, appliance innovations, AV/VR extravaganza, drones, Newton’s Attic’s GForce, robotics, and much more! Also a variety of booths will be filled with projects and items made by companies, individuals, and schools.

Big Kid fun (21+) is scheduled for 6pm-10pm and will include music, breweries pouring their suds, the chance for adults to go in-depth with a number of exhibits, and the opportunity to visit and grab a bite to eat or drink at the surrounding Fourth Street Live! restaurants and bars.

This is a free event for all.

For more information, visit LOUISVILLE.MAKERFAIRE.COM/ABOUT

ABOUT FOURTH STREET LIVE!

Originating in 2004, Fourth Street Live! is located in the heart of downtown Louisville on 4th Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, just a short walk from most downtown hotels and attractions. During the past decade Fourth Street Live! has grown into the premier dining and entertainment district of Louisville, drawing
over 4.5 million tourists and locals per year. Fourth Street Live! is home to nearly 20 different venues ranging in style and offerings. For more information visit www.4thstlive.com [2] or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@4thstlive).

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U of L Interim President Beefed Up Security After FBI Scandal Tuesday, Oct 10 2017 

The University of Louisville’s interim president has hired more security as fallout from the FBI investigation continues.

John Drees, a spokesperson for the university, confirmed interim president Greg Postel upped his security detail for about a week as he announced the changes to athletics’ staff.

University police said they recommended the security for “possible hostile reactions to recent news events,” asking they secure his office and house.

Postel recently announced the university would suspend a five-star men’s basketball recruit, Brian Bowen; place athletic director Tom Jurich on leave; and begin to formally fire men’s head basketball coach Rick Pitino.

“I don’t know of any specific threats,” Drees said. “The university police have, from time to time, assisted with extra security for other university employees and departments when deemed appropriate.”

Drees said Postel did not have a personal security guard, and he was unsure how much the security detail cost during the evenings.

Read U of L’s Letter To Pitino On ‘Just Cause’ Firing Friday, Oct 6 2017 

University of Louisville Interim President Gregory Postel cited “a pattern and practice of inappropriate behavior” in notifying basketball coach Rick Pitino his contract is being terminated.

The U of L Athletic Association authorized Postel to start proceedings to fire Pitino “for cause,” according to a letter dated Oct. 3. The letter, sent to Pitino’s attorneys, cited the escort scandal and the ongoing FBI investigation as evidence Pitino violated several clauses in his contract.

The letter also mentions a new finding: that Pitino failed to notify the athletics department’s compliance office about a May campus visit from Christian Dawkins — “someone known to have acted as an ‘agent’ for athletes.” Dawkins was indicted on wire fraud in the case announced last week.

“Your involvement in these recent scandals cannot be considered isolated events,” Postel said. “Instead, they are illustrative of a pattern and practice of inappropriate behavior.”

Pitino’s hearing on the termination is scheduled for the ULAA board meeting on Oct. 16.

Pitino’s attorney Steve Pence said in a letter to the university, dated Sept. 29 but released by the university on Friday, that the school violated Pitino’s contract when it didn’t properly notify Pitino of his suspension or conduct an internal investigation. Pitino is invoking his own right to terminate the contract, the letter said, and the university has 30 days to restore him to full-time status. Otherwise, Pence said, U of L must pay him the rest of his contract.

The remainder of Pitino’s contract is worth an estimated $44 million.

Read the university’s letter here:

U of L Foundation Touts Turnaround, Courts Donors Thursday, Oct 5 2017 

The University of Louisville Foundation is touting its reforms and taking stock of how far it’s come after several months of intense public scrutiny, a blistering state audit and a forensic investigation.

ULF Interim Executive Director Keith Sherman told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday that the foundation has addressed all but one recommendation from the state auditor and auditing firm Alvarez & Marsal, which was to begin an internal audit of the foundation.

Sherman said that would be too costly for the size and budget of the ULF. He said the foundation is “focusing on making sure we’re continuing to do the right things.”

“The donors that are so generous with their dollars at the foundation are really there to support the academics and we hope and trust that our donors will know that there’s great academic work going on, and they should continue to support us and continue to give,” said Sherman.

Recommended changes made by the foundation, Sherman said, include barring university presidents from running the foundation, halting its deferred compensation plan, increasing the frequency of foundation meetings, approving its first line-item budget and limiting spending.

During his presentation to the rotary club, Sherman assured members that their donations would not fund U of L’s athletics department. The athletics department is in hot water in the wake of an FBI investigation into a widespread bribery scheme involving Adidas.

The university is moving forward with firing head coach Rick Pitino, athletic director Tom Jurich remains on paid leave, and basketball player Brian Bowen has been suspended.  Assistant Coach David Padgett was named interim men’s basketball coach last week and Vince Tyra was named acting athletic director on Tuesday.

Tyra was a member of the foundation’s board of directors, but said he would resign. Sherman said the foundation is reviewing candidates to fill Tyra’s position.

Disclosures: In 2015, the University of Louisville, which for years has donated to Louisville Public Media, earmarked $3,000 to KyCIR as part of a larger LPM donation. University board member Sandra Frazier and former member Stephen Campbell have donated. 

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