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Here's Where Things Stand In The Latest U of L Scandal

University of Louisville

This story will be updated. 

A day after the University of Louisville men's basketball program was implicatedin a widespread college basketball corruption scheme, a response -- and fallout -- is expected on campus.

Thus far, U of L Athletics spokesman Kenny Klein has declined to comment directly, referring to a statement released Tuesday from U of L interim president Gregory Postel saying the university would cooperate fully with the FBI investigation and calling the incident is a “serious concern.”

The Card Chronicle -- a U of L fan site -- is reporting that Athletic Director Tom Jurich has been fired; a U of L spokesperson declined to confirm that.

U of L has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m.

Head Coach Rick Pitino said in a statement Tuesday night the allegations came as a complete shock to him. ESPN reports that Pitino has told his staff that he expects to be fired today. WDRB’s Jason Riley said a meeting Wednesday morning would announce big news.

https://twitter.com/JasonRileyWDRB/status/912781617361559552

Some in the basketball community rallied around the school’s athletics department.

Lonnie Ali, wife of Muhammad Ali, and John Ramsey -- both big U of L supporters -- tweeted to Gov. Matt Bevin, asking he influence the school's trustees to retain Jurich.

Responses to those tweets were overwhelmingly negative, asking Jurich be let go from his position.

https://twitter.com/LonnieAli_/status/912854023652429824

https://twitter.com/JohnRamseyUofL/status/912849845941088257

If the university fires Pitino, things could get ugly -- at least according to the coach's lawyer. 

WHAS’s Terry Meiners quoted Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, as saying Pitino would not be fired “without a bare knuckle fight.” Pitino issued a statement through Pence yesterday, saying he was committed to “taking whatever steps are needed to ensure those responsible are held accountable.”

https://twitter.com/terrymeiners/status/912866219644129280

Stephen George is President and CEO of Louisville Public Media. Email Stephen at sgeorge@lpm.org.