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I Am Shocked, Shocked to Find Corruption in College Basketball

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UK basketball fans holding a wake for Rick Pitino

The commonwealth has been rocked to its core:

Rick Pitino is no longer the men’s basketball coach at Louisville, a source tells ESPN’s Michael Eaves.

Athletic director Tom Jurich is also out at Louisville, a source tells ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, after the program was linked to a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting.

Jurich and Pitino met Wednesday morning with Louisville interim president Greg Postel. After the meetings, Postel informed reporters that the school would hold a news conference at 1 p.m. and noted that Pitino and Jurich would not attend.

On Tuesday, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four college assistant coaches — were charged with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors. Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company.

Somehow, the greater portion of Lexingtonians is… holding it together:

The celebratory joy that Kentucky fans bring to the annual campout for Big Blue Madness tickets got an added dollop of sweetness Tuesday. The news that archrival Louisville was embroiled in a FBI investigation that resulted in charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball brought smiles to faces.

“It tickles me,” Mike Brumfield said.

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