Louisville vacating 2013 national basketball championship

Posted February 22, 2018

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.

"I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong", said university interim president Greg Postel. It must also repay revenue earned from appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 basketball tournaments, amounting to about $600,000. The ongoing FBI investigation resulted in the firing of storied head coach Rick Pitino.

Hancock, who works for a financial firm in Louisville and hosts a radio show for 93.9 ESPN, said that he and many of his teammates from the national championship team had been communicating through a group text after hearing that the NCAA had denied the school's appeal.

Yes, that's the Louisville team that beat MI in the 2013 championship game. And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument.

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"At the end of the day, we've got to win a couple of these games, there's no question about it", Padgett said.

The Cardinals (18-9, 8-6 in ACC) begin a crucial four-game close to the regular season Wednesday when they travel to face fifth-ranked Duke (22-5, 10-4), as U of L looks to build its NCAA Tournament résumé.

With nine regular-season game remaining, UofL announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban in February 2016.

The appeal committee believed that the violations directly involved university staff members, hence their decision to keep the sanctions in place.

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Following the decision, Pitino was sacked by Louisville, as was athletic director Tom Jurich. But the NCAA's decision on Tuesday - which also comes with a penalty for UL to vacate its 2013 title - officially makes this back stamp out of date.

The NCAA has now stripped 20 programs of national championships.

Josephine Potuto, a law professor at Nebraska, said when she served on the NCAA committee on infractions, they ended up doing more when it came to vacating wins. And that is something that won't go away until we know the true scope of his actions.

If the NCAA is serious about ending corruption in college basketball, they need to do more than "reverse" the effects of past violations with the removal of wins and championships.

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"We'll remove the official recognition, but it won't remove it from our hearts and minds", Louisville interim athletics director Vince Tyra said Tuesday moments after the NCAA's announcement. "But I also have done roses and flowers, anything with a lot of shading".