Louisville head coach Rick Pitino walks off the court after a 73-69 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament this past season in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Louisville fired coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday, making him one of the most prominent coaches ever to be fired by a major college basketball program.

Pitino was 416-143 over 16 years at Louisville, including an NCAA championship in 2013.

Pitino joins a list of elite coaches who were fired or resigned under pressure.

Indiana coach Bobby Knight shouts instructions to his team during the first half in a second round game against Illinois at the Big Ten Tournament in 2000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


The school fired Knight in 2000 after 29 years after he made physical contact with a student, the last of a string of misdeeds by the volatile coach.

The university had previously suspended him for three games and fined him $30,000 as part of a zero-tolerance policy. Knight had a history of outbursts -- among them, throwing a chair across the court and kicking at his own son on the bench.

Knight won three national championships while coaching the Hoosiers.

UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian chews on his towel while watching his Runnin' Rebels win the national championship game against Duke in 1990. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)


Tarkanian went 509-105 in 19 seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels, but the university forced him out 1992 after a the Las Vegas Review-Journal published a photo showing some of his players in a hot tub with a convicted game fixer.

UNLV was on probation at the time. It was two years after Tarkanian won a national title, and a year after the Runnin’ Rebels went undefeated into the Final Four before being upset by Duke in the semifinals. Tarkanian went 26-2 in his final year at UNLV. He died in 2015.

Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson shows off the NCAA National Championship trophy as the Razorbacks beat Duke 76-72 in the 1994 title game. At right is Richardsons wife Rose. The rest of the group is unidentified. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)


Arkansas fired Richardson in 2002 after he said he wanted to be bought out. 

Richardson had criticized fans and reporters and said he was treated differently because he is black. Richardson's team was 13-14 when he was dismissed for comments Arkansas administrators believed hurt the program. 

Richardson's Razorbacks defeated Duke to win the 1994 national title.

Indiana coach Kevin Sampson reacts to a call during the second half of a college basketball game against Purdue in 2008. Indiana won 77-68. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


The NCAA said Sampson and his staff violated telephone recruiting restrictions, then said Sampson lied about it to the school and NCAA investigators. Indiana fired him in 2008.

Sampson was already facing NCAA allegations of improper recruiting phone calls at Oklahoma. Sampson and the Oklahoma program were sanctioned by the NCAA.

While at Oklahoma, Sampson was the AP Coach of the Year in 1995 and led the Sooners to the Final Four in 2002. At Indiana, he went 43-15 in just under two seasons.


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