Report: Pitino, Louisville told to work on settlement

Attorneys in Rick Pitino’s lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association have been told to discuss a possible settlement, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Documents filed Monday show U.S. Magistrate by Judge Colin H. Lindsay ordered the sides to meet by Feb. 8. Following the meeting, the two sides have 14 days to submit a joint report “informing the court whether prompt settlement of the case is possible.”

Steve Pence, Pitino’s lawyer, told the paper he is open to a settlement. A school spokesman said the university does not typically comment on litigation.

If the sides say a settlement isn’t possible, a tentative schedule for discovery and trial proceedings will be proposed.

Pitino was fired in October in the fallout from an FBI investigation into bribery and fraud in college basketball. Pitino has said he wasn’t aware of an alleged payment from a Louisville assistant to the family of recruit Brian Bowen.

Pitino sued for $38.7 million in November, arguing there is nothing in a federal criminal complaint unsealed in September that tied him to any improper activities. The school countered with a suit against Pitino last month seeking damages from vacated games and bonuses.

Pitino is also suing adidas, alleging the apparel company’s employees harmed his reputation when they allegedly participated in a scheme to funnel money to recruits.

— Field Level Media

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