Louisville must vacate 2013 men's basketball title

Greg Postel

We've come close to vacating a basketball championship before; Memphis was forced to vacate all of their wins from 2007-2008 due to issues with Derrick Rose's eligibility; had they beaten Kansas in the memorable 2008 championship game, we'd have crossed this bridge already.

With the ruling, Louisville has become the first Division I college basketball team to vacate a national title. The violations in the case resulted in some men's basketball student-athletes competing while ineligible.

Louisville appealed but the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday upheld a ruling that the men's basketball team, one of the most storied squads in the country, must give up 123 victories between 2011 and 2015.

Louisville has since scheduled a press conference to talk about the ruling.

Postel said Tuesday that university administrators had not discussed suing the NCAA over the penalties. "And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument".

It's the first time a Division 1 men's basketball program has been stripped of a national title.

Obviously, the NCAA didn't comment on Pitino's tattoo.




Former coach Rick Pitino repeatedly denied knowing about the activities described in Powell's book, but the blemish on the program will never be forgotten - not after Tuesday's sanctions.

Louisville sent a 68-page appeal to the NCAA on August 11, in which it said college sports' governing body imposed "Draconian" penalties and ignored the school's self-imposed punishment.

Louisville must also return all shared conference revenue from the 2012-15 seasons.

"We won in Atlanta", Tyra said, "My mother wore her celebratory hat on the plane and that's a memory I won't forget".

The NCAA's ruling can not change the accomplishments or the excitement generated by our Cardinals basketball team.

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. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and former AD Tom 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.

Two months later, the adidas pay-to-play scandal rocked the university and led to the firing of Pitino and former athletic director Tom Jurich.

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