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Louisville places former Oldsmar Christian coach Jordan Fair on administrative leave

Former Oldsmar Christian boys basketball coach Jordan Fair was one of two Louisville assistants who were placed on paid administrative leave by the university in the wake of an NCAA investigation into violations of wire fraud and money laundering with elite recruits. (University of Louisville)

Former Oldsmar Christian boys basketball coach Jordan Fair was one of two Louisville assistants who were placed on paid administrative leave by the university in the wake of an NCAA investigation into violations of wire fraud and money laundering with elite recruits. (University of Louisville)

Former Oldsmar Christian boys basketball coach Jordan Fair was one of two Louisville assistants placed on paid administrative leave by the university in the wake of an NCAA investigation into violations of wire fraud and money laundering with elite recruits.

The investigation has already led to the suspensions of head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

Fair and the other assistant, Kenny Johnson, have not been named in the FBI complaint and have not been charged with any wrongdoing.

"We are in the process of executing our due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this (is) an appropriate step at this time," Louisville acting athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement Friday. "Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation."

The connection between Louisville and Pitino was made Sept. 26 in court documents with an alleged scheme to funnel $100,000 to the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen Jr.. The deal was brokered by Adidas executive Jim Gatto to get Bowen to sign with the Cardinals, an Adidas-backed school.

The FBI documents mention two unnamed Louisville staffers, "Coach-1" and "Coach-2," who are involved in the corruption scheme.

Fair had not been at Louisville's basketball facilities since the investigation was made public last week, according the Louisville Courier-Journal.

This was Fair's second season with the Cardinals. He was promoted to assistant coach in March after spending his first season as a program assistant.

"I first came across Jordan while recruiting some of his players at Oldsmar," Pitino said in a March news conference. "I was extremely impressed with his practice, his organizational skills and the way he related to his players. … I'm very, very confident that he will do an outstanding job in recruiting as well as in scouting, preparation and coaching."

In a September news conference, Pitino talked about landing Bowen and raved about the work Fair had done as a recruiter since being promoted.

"We've had assistants move on and sometimes you're happy for them but that hurts continuity," Pitino said. "And that's where the so-called operations guys or graduation assistants come in, a guy like Jordan Fair for instance. Mike Balado leaves and he had a lot to do with our future recruiting but Jordan Fair comes in and he's a big-time recruiter and he fills that void right away and that's really important for continuity."

Fair also was heavily involved in the recruitment of Windermere Prep 7-footer Balsa Koprivica, a five-star recruit. Koprivica played AAU basketball for Adidas-sponsored 1 Family and coach Brad Augustine.

Last week Augustine stepped down as director of the AAU program after he was named as a co-defendant in the FBI's complaint involving Louisville and was one of 10 charged with wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

"Coach Pitino has done a great job communicating with him," Augustine told 247's InsideTheVille in September about Louisville's recruit of Koprivica. "I have to give a lot of credit to Jordan Fair (assistant coach). He's been on Balsa non-stop and travelled to Slovakia to watch him play. They've done a very good job with their presence and communication that he's a major priority for them."

Fair was a four-year starter at Oldsmar Christian before going on to play at North Florida (2008-09) and Lee University (2009-10). He returned to his alma mater as an assistant in 2010-11 before taking over as coach the following seasons.

In four seasons, Fair led the program to a 115-32 record. He was named the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association coach of the year in 2015.

Louisville places former Oldsmar Christian coach Jordan Fair on administrative leave 10/06/17 [Last modified: Friday, October 6, 2017 3:41pm]
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