Louisville vacating 2013 national basketball championship

Hope Soto
February 21, 2018

It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated.

"I can not say this strongly enough", Postel said, "we believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision".

"In its review of the case, the appeals committee found that because of the serious and intentional violations with direct involvement of a university staff member, the Committee on Infractions panel was within its legislated authority to prescribe the vacation of records and financial penalty", the NCAA stated. "We believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision".

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.

For their rule violations, the NCAA ruled that the men's basketball program must vacate its records from 2011 to 2015 - including the 2013 title and a Final Four appearance in 2012.

According to an NCAA release, Louisville must vacate men's basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years.

"They can take the banner down, we know we won the 2013 National Championship", said Kurtis Brinkman, a UofL junior who stopped by the news conference to hear the news.

"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.

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Greg Postel, the university's interim president, said the Kentucky school disagreed with the decision but it was time to turn the page.

The NCAA's appeals committee also upheld the Division I Committee's decision in June 2017 to require the university to return money it received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in NCAA basketball tournaments during 2012 and 2013, when the Cardinals appeared in the Final Four; and tournament appearances in 2014 and 2015.

The penalty is the result of an NCAA probe that found that a former Louisville assistant coach had organized "sex parties" for recruits, rendering them ineligible.

The Cardinals had already self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season. The NCAA Committee on Infractions denied the University of Louisville's appeal.

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

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

Postel, then-athletic director Tom Jurich and Pitino said last summer they planned to fight the sanctions.

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