NCAA strips Louisville of all wins from 2011-2015, including 2013 championship

Violet Powell
February 21, 2018

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 was forced to vacate all wins in which ineligible players participated from December 2010 to July 2014, and must return all money received from NCAA tournament appearances in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Interim Louisville president Greg Postel said "We believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision".

"It is important to note that a precedent for such a case does not exist, and the NCAA infractions committee has wide discretion as it determines penalties".

Former coach Rick Pitino was found to have failed to properly monitor his program.

Pitino has plenty of connections to the New England and MA area, as he played at UMass and coached Boston University, Providence College and the Boston Celtics before arriving at Louisville. That gave the NCAA Infractions Committee wide discretion to make its decision on penalties. The loss of the banner marks the first men's basketball championship in NCAA history to be struck down.

ESPN's Rece Davis has a problem with the NCAA's punishment of vacating games and championships.

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The decision is the culmination of the NCAA's investigation that followed allegations in a 2015 book by escort Katina Powell that former Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits. He also said the NCAA ruling doesn't take away any accomplishments of the basketball team or the joy they brought.

"This dark cloud has hung over our heads for more than two years, and it has had a negative impact on our athletics program, our fans and the entire university family", Postel said in his statement.

Pitino, who was sacked as Louisville's coach on October 16, faced a five-game suspension at the start of ACC play this season.

McGee, who never talked to NCAA investigators, was given a 10-year show cause.

The FBI said telephone records show Gatto spoke directly with an unnamed Louisville coach multiple times in the days before Bowen committed to play for the Cardinals. 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.

"Coach Pitino will make a statement tomorrow".

Not long after, Pitino was ousted by the university - but not before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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