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Pitino officially fired amid FBI probe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Rick Pitino has been able to roam the sidelines as Louisville's iconic men's basketball coach, even defiantly at times, holding onto his job amid a series of highly embarrassing missteps off the court.

Things looked bleak this time around, with a seemingly inevitable departure looming in the weeks since the latest scandal became public. But even after the school was linked to a federal bribery investigation , no one completely counted Pitino out. Not until Monday.

The university had seen enough and decided to finally cut ties with the Hall of Famer.


Probe prompts soul-searching across NCAA

The spate of arrests, details of under-the-table bribes to teenagers and the downfall of one of the sport's best-known coaches has triggered uncomfortable soul-searching among the institutions at the heart of college basketball, including internal reviews by more than two dozen schools of their own prominent programs.

At stake is the future of a business that, over the span of 22 years ending in 2032, will produce $19.6 billion in TV money for the NCAA Tournament, known to the public, simply, as March Madness.


NCAA OKs UConn-Providence charity game

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn and Providence will play an exhibition game next week to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The schools say the NCAA has granted a waiver to allow the extra exhibition game next Wednesday, provided the proceeds are donated to hurricane relief.


Indiana to add 5 statues at arena

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana University is putting some of its biggest basketball names in stone.

Bob Knight didn't make the cut yet.


Wichita ready to say hello to big cities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wichita State is set to say goodbye to the small towns and hello to the big cities.

The Shockers are ready for their call up.


Iowa adds 2 young bigs in Garza, Nunge

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a traditional center.

The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post.


Moss gets $1.25M bonus if AD in 2022

Bill Moos will receive a payment of $1.25 million if he still is Nebraska's athletic director at the end of 2022, and he is eligible for some $500,000 in bonuses each year if teams achieve certain academic and on-field thresholds.

Details of Moos' employment agreement were released by the university on Tuesday.

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