Louisville 'has parted ways' with assistant coach Jordan Fair
The University of Louisville announced in a statement Wednesday night that it has "parted ways" with assistant men's basketball coach Jordan Fair.
"The University of Louisville has parted ways with assistant men’s basketball coach Jordan Fair, exercising the option in his contract to terminate his employment without cause," the statement from the athletic department read. "He will continue to be paid for 30 days."
That clause in Fair's contract allows the athletic director to fire Fair "at-will and without cause" with 30 days' notice. Louisville athletics spokesman Kenny Klein said interim athletic director Vince Tyra made the decision.
Fair is paid an annual salary of $200,000 along with a $6,000 car allowance and receives four men's basketball season tickets. Fair's contract shows he declined two football season tickets.
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Fair was placed on paid administrative leave last week amid the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting at several institutions, including Louisville.
Associate head coach Kenny Johnson was also placed on paid leave at that time. His status has not changed, the release said Wednesday.
Louisville named Fair an assistant coach in March, elevating him from "program assistant," where he helped with recruiting and scouting reports. Suspended head coach Rick Pitino hired him from the high school ranks, where Fair was the head coach at Oldsmar (Florida) Christian School.
“I take every practice and every workout in front of college coaches as a job interview,” Fair said then. “He just brought up a couple of positions that he had and asked if I’d be interested. God has blessed me; there’s no better place to get into this thing than with someone like Coach Pitino."