The hammer was dropped on the University of Louisville by the NCAA.
The University of Louisville men’s basketball team must vacate 123 wins, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee announced today its decision to uphold the punishment in the school’s escort case.
The penalties are the result of an investigation that included allegations that a former Louisville staff member arranged for escorts to attend parties with players and recruits at an on-campus dormitory from 2011 to 2015, according to ESPN.
The school’s own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban nearly two years ago. Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.
The University of Louisville will lose its 2013 national championship banner. https://t.co/U5R9gFMqPs
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 20, 2018
As a result of today’s ruling, the Cardinals will become the first time in modern Division I men’s basketball history to vacate a title. Several former Louisville players including Kevin Ware, who suffered a gruesome injury during Louisville’s championship run in 2013, spoke out against today’s ruling. Ware tweeted, “Still got this fat ass ring which means my guys definitely won a chip if I’m not mistaken of course.”
Former coach Rick Pitino repeatedly denied knowing about the activities but the blemish on the program will never be forgotten — not after Tuesday’s sanctions.
Sad times at the University of Louisville, but the NCAA needs to look themselves in the mirror. College basketball and football are both corrupted all across the nation.