In the midst of many changes to the basketball program, Louisville’s athletic department took the time to thank Cardinals fans for their unwavering support, according to Courier-Journal reporter Jeff Greer.
Louisville officially fired men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich this week.
The school also fired assistant coach Jordan Fair and assistant coach Kenny Johnson is still on administrative leave as his employment status continues to be evaluated.
Louisville is a part of an FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in college basketball recruiting.
The discoveries of the investigation alleged that Louisville arranged for at least one recruit to earn $100,000 from adidas in return for a commitment to the university. The allegations occurred almost four months after the Louisville basketball program was given sanctions from the NCAA due to basketball recruits being provided strippers and escorts on visits to campus.
The letter reassures fans that Louisville is tirelessly at work to make sure the program is one that will make the community proud.
“This is certainly a challenging time in our program’s history, but your unwavering support empowers all of us to push forward in the face of adversity,” the letter said. “We are working diligently to shore up our men’s basketball program and are confident that David Padgett and his staff will represent you and our university well this season.”
The athletic department lauded Louisville fans for their constant positivity in the face of all that’s going on.
“You are our heartbeat and our spirit,” the letter says. “Your passion provides our student-athletes with an intangible strength to dream without limits and achieve the loftiest of goals. You lift them up — to give their best on the field, in the community and in the classroom. Your gift of loyalty, emotion and appreciation drives us and we wanted to reach out to simply express our gratitude.”
The full letter can be found here.
David Padgett, Louisville’s interim head coach, has hired Greg Paulus and Trent Johnson to his staff.
Louisville begins the regular season on Nov. 12 vs. George Mason.
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