NCAA rules UofL men's basketball must vacate wins, pay fine

Casey Dawson
February 21, 2018

Refusing to change its mind, the NCAA ordered the Cards 2013 national championship banner down and all men's basketball victories from 2011-12 to the 2014-15 season, including the 2012 Final Four, vacated.

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Louisville went 30-10 in 2011-2012, it went 35-5 in 2012-13 and won the Big East regular season and national titles, it went 31-6 in 2013-2014, reaching the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and it went 27-9 in 2014-15, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight. The Cardinals will now be the first team to vacate an NCAA basketball championship (several others, including UCLA in 1980 and MI in 1991 and 1992, have vacated Final Four appearances due to NCAA violations).

Louisville, for its part, has staunchly objected to the decision.

That 2013 title was Louisville's only men's national championship in the past three decades.

The decision stems from a 2015 NCAA investigation that found members of the coaching staff provided prostitutes and strippers for players and recruits.

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Postel added that there will be no further appeal of the ruling, which orders the school to scrub any sign of those years' victories from its campus and its records. In one complaint, investigators described a partnership involving Louisville basketball coaches and several other parties, including a former executive at Adidas, the apparel company that sponsors Louisville's teams, in which they planned to funnel $100,000 to the family of a recruit in exchange for his commitment to the Cardinals. "That is why we apologized immediately, cooperated fully with the NCAA, self-imposed penalties that were appropriate to the offenses and made significant changes to ensure incidents like this never happen again".

"Under the NCAA's own rules, such cooperation should have been a factor in determining the severity of the punishment", Postel said.

During Tuesday's news conference, Tyra said he does not feel the NCAA punishment is appropriate to Louisville. "Instead it was ignored".

Pitino, who was sacked as Louisville's coach on October 16, faced a five-game suspension at the start of ACC play this season. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and Jurich on paid administrative leave on September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people.

The university filed a countersuit against Pitino on December 13 for "wrongful conduct" and argued that he is financially responsible for damages caused by the recent scandals.

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