Louisville Forced To Vacate 2013 Title & More Following Appeal Denial

Isaac Cain
February 21, 2018

The University of Louisville men's basketball team has been stripped of its 2013 national title over a sex scandal that included using strippers and prostitutes to recruit players.

The penalty is the result of an NCAA probe that found that a former Louisville assistant coach had organized "sex parties" for recruits, rendering them ineligible.

The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 wins between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons, including the 2013 title and the 2012 Final Four appearance, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

Louisville officials imposed a postseason ban for the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournaments, and then added recruiting sanctions after confirming Powell's allegations, the Courier Journal reported. Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement Tuesday that the school still disagrees with the NCAA's ruling.

"I cannot say this strongly enough", interim Louisville president Greg Postel said. "We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument", he wrote. He was the man in charge of Louisville at the time, having brought the school their first National Championship since the 1986 year. Ware tweeted, "Still got this fat ass ring which means my guys definitely won a chip, if I'm not mistaken of course".

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Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who has denied any knowledge of the 'sex parties, ' was sacked in October in connection with a separate recruitment scandal.

But that was not enough substance for the Committee on Infractions to hear them out. "It further argued that student-athletes do not have to be culpable for the vacation penalty to be appropriate, and because the serious nature of the violations resulted in the participation of ineligible student-athletes, the vacation of records penalty was appropriate", the statement from the NCAA said. Pitino was to have served a five-game suspension under the ruling.

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

McGee resigned as an assistant coach at UMKC in November 2015 after news of the investigation broke, and he has been out of coaching since. It's obviously disappointing to the players, fans and Coach. Pitino has not been charged, but he and Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich were fired in the wake of the allegations. 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 Louisville Courier-Journal reported previous year that Pitino received 98 percent of the $39 million the Cardinals were owed from the sponsorship deal with Adidas.

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