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U of L Trustees, Athletic Board to Meet in Wake of Federal Recruiting Probe

J. Tyler Franklin, WFPL

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees and the U of L Athletics Association Board of Directors will both hold special meetings today.

Both panels are expected to hear about the federal corruption investigation into college basketball recruiting that includes the U of L men’s program.

The university last week acknowledged its involvement in the probe, placed men's basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave and placed athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave.

University interim President Greg Postel introduced assistant coach David Padgett as the interim head basketball coach on Friday, and said an interim athletic director would be named sometime this week.

Padgett said Friday he was eager to restore some continuity to the program.

“My focus right now is on these kids," Padgett said. "Obviously, it’s been a very tough week. They’re excited to get back to play basketball. Because, at the end of the day, they’re here to be great student-athletes and they want to represent themselves in the classroom and the court, and they’re excited to be back to doing that.”

The board of trustees wasn't supposed to have its next regular meeting until Oct. 18. Today’s special meeting starts at 8 a.m. The U of L Athletic Association Board of Directors will also meet today at noon.

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years. Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.
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