UofL announces additional self-imposed penalties

04/06/2016 01:47 PM

Wednesday University of Louisville officials announced they have elected to self-impose additional penalties within the men’s basketball program in relation to an investigation of sexual misconduct within the recruiting program.

In early February, the school announced it would self-impose a postseason ban amid the NCAA investigation. The additional penalties announced Wednesday include:

-Reducing by two the number of scholarships awarded in men’s basketball, (one in 2017-18, and one in 2018-19).

-Reducing recruiting opportunities immediately in men’s basketball (days coaching staff may recruit) by 30 (approximately a 24% reduction).

-Reducing official visits in men’s basketball by two (one in 2016-17, and one in 2017-18).

The university released the following statement:

Like the decision on the post-season ban, the decision to impose these penalties was difficult and reached through a collaborative process; President Ramsey has received input from its NCAA compliance and infractions counsel Steve Thompson of Nixon Peabody LLP; its lead investigator and NCAA consultant Chuck Smrt of The Compliance Group; the University’s special investigative committee; Director of Athletics Tom Jurich; and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino. Steve Thompson, counsel to the University, stated: “After much deliberation, the University believes that self-imposing these penalties is appropriate. While the University could elect to wait until the infractions process is complete, those consulted agree that these penalties are consistent with NCAA legislation, and imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University’s goal of expediting resolution of this matter.”

In addition, the University’s athletics department is working on implementing additional corrective measures to improve its oversight of the men’s basketball program and ensure continuing compliance with NCAA and ACC Rules. While the athletics department has a strong history of and commitment to compliance, the University looks to strengthen its procedures wherever possible; these additional measures will be designed to promote communication and transparency, prevent future violations before they occur, and make clear to the University community that violations of NCAA legislation will not be tolerated.

President Ramsey wishes to thank the faculty and staff who have assisted with these decisions, and particularly Tom Jurich and Coach Rick Pitino. Their integrity and decisive leadership have served the University well during these challenging times. As we navigate through this process, we appreciate the support of so many in our University community; we look forward to putting this matter behind us as we continue to advance the University’s mission of excellence in teaching, research and service.


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