Louisville Basketball Must Vacate 2013 National Championship


The NCAA ruled Tuesday that the Louisville men's basketball program will have to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance.

Andre McGee, a former Louisville assistant, arranged for strippers and prostitutes to perform sex acts for Cardinals recruits and players during his time with the program.

What rang louder was Postel's letter addressed to "UofL Family", in which he said, "I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong". Louisville also must pay the NCAA roughly $600,000 in fines, interim university president Greg Postel said at a news conference Tuesday, stemming from revenue the school earned by NCAA tournament appearances from 2012 to 2015.

Though he has been gone for months, the NCAA's decision to uphold the penalties handed down by the committee on infractions comes one step closer to closing the sordid, scandalous chapter that Pitino authored as Louisville basketball coach.

If nothing else, Notre Dame's denied appeal for a far less massive academic cheating scandal and this latest action against Louisville signals that not all NCAA appeal committees are created equal. Those wins include the team's 2013 NCAA Tournament championship.

U of L made its final case to a four-person panel of the Infractions Appeals Committee in Atlanta on December 13, 2017.

"None of that stuff was going on in 2013", added Ware, who suffered a gruesome broken leg in the Cardinals' victory in the Elite Eight.

But the biggest problem the NCAA may face is that there is no sense of fairness felt by its 350 Division I institutions not named the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

So, less than five years later, the Dome has been imploded through no fault of its own, and Louisville's national title has gone up in smoke, too, through much fault of its own. Forcing a program to strip a beloved championship feels more like a shiv to the heart, and that is the point.

The appeals committee, which included members from George Washington University, the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University, similarly defended the financial penalty. He was the school's director of basketball operations during the championship season.

Postel, then-athletic director Tom Jurich and Pitino said last summer they planned to fight the sanctions. "Instead, it was ignored". "But I also have done roses and flowers, anything with a lot of shading".

The Committee on Infractions stated in a release the that the penalties were "serious, intentional and numerous", resulting in the vacating of wins from four years of play.

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