Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is back in Louisville.
Pitino arrived at the Gene Snyder Federal Courthouse in downtown Louisville Tuesday morning to attend a settlement conference regarding his lawsuit against the UofL Athletic Association.
Pitino sued the association for breach of contract after his October 2017 firing in the midst of the FBI’s pay-for-play investigation. The scandal rocked several high-profile college basketball programs, most notably UofL, whose 2013 national championship was vacated following “Strippergate,” another scandal that took place on Pitino’s watch.
Pitino is trying to recover what he and his lawyers say is $38.7 million, money voided from his contract following his termination for what UofL said was just cause.
Lunch was brought in to Tuesday’s mediation hearing, ordered by a judge who asked both sides to try to settle the matter on their own.
Media was not allowed inside the hearing.