"Doing nothing would be a tacit endorsement of unethical and criminal behavior", Postel said at a press conference.
Pitino's exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men's program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits.
The Board of Trustees will be the ones who make the call on whether or not Pitino and Jurich will be out of jobs. In one instance, a five-star recruit who purportedly received $100,000 later committed to play at Louisville.
In addition to Gatto, the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged four college basketball coaches including Auburn's assistant coach Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, USC assistant coach Tony Bland and Book Richardson from the University of Arizona. "From our first conversation in March, Athletic Director Josh Whitman and I have shared a mutual commitment to Illinois Men's Basketball upholding the highest standards of integrity". Louisville is reportedly referred to as "University-6" in the complaint, but Louisville interim president Gregory Postel confirmed that the school was in fact the one being referred to. Former Gamecock assistant coach Lamont Evans - who coached at SC from 2012-2016 - was one of four NCAA assistant coaches implicated in the nationwide scandal. His Louisville teams reached three Final Fours and won one championship, and since he took over the program 11 of his players were selected in the National Basketball Association draft.
The coaches accused include Lamont Evans, an assistant at Oklahoma State University, Emanuel Richardson, an assistant for the Arizona Wildcats, Chuck Person, associate head coach at Auburn University, and Tony Bland, associate head coach of the University of Southern California. "I think Pitino's done a lot of good things for our team, but it may all end up working out for our good, maybe we'll get a better coach out of it, I don't know, it just depends", says Breckenridge.
Prosecutors outlined what they described as the "dark underbelly of college basketball", with six-figure payoffs to teenage players made through a charity and other vehicles, and bribes and commissions paid in restaurants with envelopes stuffed with cash.