Louisville defeated MI in the 2013 National Championship Game.
The NCAA officially confirmed today that the University of Louisville must vacate its 2013 National Championship, denying the school's appeal the original decision last June that penalized them for "arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others". The Cardinals will now be the first team to vacate an NCAA basketball championship (several others, including UCLA in 1980 and MI in 1991 and 1992, have vacated Final Four appearances due to NCAA violations).
University of Louisville interim President Dr. Greg Postel.
Did the NCAA overreach, as U of L claimed?
In some cases, these players were underage.
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This all stems from a scandal involving then-graduate assistant Andre McGee allegedly hiring escorts for visiting basketball recruits from 2010 to 2014. Three of the five players said they attended parties as recruits and also when they played for Louisville.
The appeal committee believed that the violations directly involved university staff members, hence their decision to keep the sanctions in place.
Padgett admitted his team's back is "against the wall" following Louisville's 93-76 home loss to North Carolina on Saturday. And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument. And it can not change the love so many of us have for this great university. Louisville appealed in August in a 68-page response that called the punishment "Draconian" and said the NCAA "abused its authority" in punishing the program ... crazy, since it's one of the few times the organization actually, finally used its authority correctly. Angered by this finding, the school's well-heeled boosters reportedly purchased similar televisions for every dorm on campus.
"None of that stuff was going on in 2013", added Ware, who suffered a gruesome broken leg in the Cardinals' victory in the Elite Eight. Which defense do you think future schools will embrace moving forward? In total, the program will lose 123 wins, which ESPN Stats & Info says was second-most in men's Division I basketball over that span. They were an inspiration to young athletes including myself! Center was removed within hours of the NCAA ruling. Pitino has sued Louisville for breach of contract, and Louisville has countersued.
Not that the artist who rendered that tattoo, Adam Potts, wouldn't alter it if Pitino asked.