In the lawsuit - filed in U.S. District Court - Pitino's attorney is attempting to recoup the $4.3 million his client was to make each year through 2026.
Pitino was first placed on administrative leave, then fired by Louisville on October 16 amid an FBI investigation involving corruption and alleged illegal payments to recruit Brian Bowen, who was cleared by the FBI but will not play for the Cardinals this season. He was allegedly involved in a pay-for-play scheme in which he helped funnel money to the family of a five-star recruit, Brian Bowen, who committed and signed with the school but has since been ruled ineligible.
In September, Pitino was "effectively fired" without proper notice, according to the lawsuit. The coach was placed on unpaid leave, locked out of his office and had access to his university email blocked. The former men's basketball coach claimed his contract was breached when the school fired him in October, because it did not show legal "cause" in doing so.
The lawsuit (via the Louisville Courier-Journal) denies any involvement by the coach in that episode, saying, "Coach Pitino had no part - active, passive or through willful ignorance - in the conspiracy described in the Complaint".
Pitino has also filed suit against Adidas, accusing the company of damaging his reputation.