Suspended Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says he had no knowledge of the payments that have sunk his coaching career. “As I’ve previously stated, I had no knowledge of any payments to any recruit or their family. But I was the head coach and I will take ownership of my decisions,” Pitino said in a statement Friday. “The University took the action they thought was necessary, and I will do the same.” He also sent a text message to a WHAS-AM radio host on Friday, saying he is sad and that he misses his players.?Louisville begins practice Sunday under assistant coach David Padgett, who was named acting head coach at about the same time Pitino put out his statement. “This weekend will be the saddest,” Pitino wrote in the text. “So many years of opening day of practice.” Pitino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by Louisville, whose board of trustees is likely to fire the coach with cause for his part in a…

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