The Louisville Courier-Journal has reported that an unnamed law enforcement official confirmed that ousted Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is the coach identified as “Coach-2” in an FBI indictment that revealed Louisville had arranged for a prized recruit to receive $100,000 from adidas in return for a commitment to the school.
According to the Courier-Journal, the law official requested anonymity because he or she was not authorized to speak on the record about an ongoing investigation.
Wednesday, Pitino was “effectively fired” when he was placed on unpaid administrative leave by the university as a result of an FBI investigation.
Court documents show that Christian Dawkins, one of the 10 individuals arrested in the case, told the cooperating witness that he helped funnel money to the family of the recruit, who has been identified as Brian Bowen, at the request of “Coach-2.”
Court records also state that adidas executive Jim Gatto, who was arrested Tuesday, “spoke directly with Coach-2 multiple times in the days before [Bowen] publicly committed” to Louisville. At one point, Jonathan Brad Augustine, an AAU coach who was arrested Tuesday, is reported to have said, “All [Coach-2 has to do] is pick up the phone and call somebody, [and say] these are my guys, they’re taking care of us.”
The FBI findings came less than four months after Louisville was handed sanctions by the NCAA for providing strippers and escorts to recruits visiting campus. Athletics director Tom Jurich was also placed on administrative leave Wednesday.
Pitino issued a statement through his lawyers Wednesday night saying he had “done nothing wrong.”
The statement also said the “facts will inevitably exonerate [Pitino].”