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Rick Pitino out at Louisville as expected amid federal probe

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rick Pitino has been able to roam the sidelines as Louisville's iconic men's basketball coach, even defiantly at times, holding onto his job amid a series of highly embarrassing missteps off the court.

Things looked bleak this time around, with a seemingly inevitable departure looming in the weeks since the latest scandal became public. But even after the school was linked to a federal bribery investigation , no one completely counted Pitino out. Not until Monday.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
3Kansas28-41,4781
4Arizona30-41,4277
5North Carolina27-71,2786
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7Duke27-81,25014
8UCLA29-41,2073
9Oregon29-51,1945
10Louisville24-898110
11SMU30-495112
12Baylor25-78779
13West Virginia26-884211
14Notre Dame25-968222
15Purdue25-765213
16Iowa State23-1056823
16Florida State25-856816
18Cincinnati29-552015
19Wichita State30-443620
20Florida24-838817
21Butler23-835918
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
23Michigan24-11252-
24Virginia22-1023821
25Wisconsin25-915124

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Pitt releases Johnson to play at UNC as graduate transfer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pittsburgh has released guard Cameron Johnson to play immediately at North Carolina as a graduate transfer.

Johnson's father, former Pitt player Gil Johnson, said the school notified the family Thursday that it has removed any restrictions for his son to play next year for the reigning national Tar Heels. Pittsburgh had cited an internal policy in trying to require the 6-foot-8 Johnson to sit out a year if he went to another Atlantic Coast Conference school instead of playing right away with two seasons of eligibility.