Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Louisville to vacate 2013 NCAA championship, other victories

Louisville to vacate 2013 NCAA championship, other victories

The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships. During a news conference following the release of the NCAA's decision, Postel said the university hired one of the top lawyers from Georgetown, later named litigator of the year, to make it's case to the NCAA in Atlanta in December. That includes the 2013 national championship and the 2012 Final Four appearance. Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.

He instead called for more punishments like fines and show causes.

Louisville interim president Greg Postel penned an open letter after the sanctions were handed down, saying the NCAA is "simply wrong".

Hell yes, MI should get to hang a national title banner now that Louisville has to take down theirs.

Rick Pitino, the coach at the time, denied any knowledge of the situation, but was sacked for recruiting violations in October.

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

Pitino has since dropped his lawsuit, and the university now has its final answer from the NCAA. That gave the NCAA Infractions Committee wide discretion to make its decision on penalties.

The escort scandal was only the beginning of Louisville's off-court troubles. However, a few months later, Pitino and the Louisville program got swept up in another scandal brought out by an FBI investigation into alleged basketball corruption. "I'm sad for our players, I'm certainly sad for our staff and those who helped create the success and for our fans in particular". Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and former AD Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people.

In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Jay Bilas on October 19, Pitino said he takes "full responsibility" for any staff member he hires but also emphasized that he thoroughly vetted his assistant coaches.

Adidas, which sponsored the Cardinals, promptly terminated its personal services agreement with Pitino.

Here's what he had to say, via the Courier-Journal.

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. He has denied knowledge of the pay-for-play scheme and transferred to SC on January 10.

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