UofL BASKETBALL | Cards latest team to self-impose postseason ban
02/05/2016 02:49 PM
Following Syracuse’s lead, the University of Louisville men’s basketball program announced a self-imposed postseason ban on Friday.
Last season, 366 days ago to be exact, the Syracuse men’s basketball program self-imposed a postseason ban in response to the ongoing NCAA investigation into past infractions within the program. The ban included the ACC tournament, as well as the NCAA and NIT tournaments. In addition to the self-imposed punishment, the NCAA suspended head coach Jim Boeheim for nine games this season.
A few other NCAA basketball teams have self-imposed postseason bans, as well. Most recently, Cal State Northridge and Missouri both self-imposed postseason bans just last month. The Cal State Northridge decision was made after the completion of an independent investigation into allegations of academic fraud involving several players and a member of the coaching’ staff. The Matadors are currently 8-14, ranked 7th in the Big West.
After a joint review process in cooperation with the NCAA, the Missouri men’s basketball program announced in January that they would vacate their 23 wins from the 2013–14 season and self-impose a one-year postseason ban effective immediately. Missouri will not play in the SEC tournament or any other postseason tournament, which means they will also not receive revenue from those competitions. The Tigers also self-imposed an immediate one-scholarship reduction, and will lose another scholarship over the next two seasons. The Tigers are 8-14, ranked 14th in the SEC.
The clear difference for Louisville from these other programs is that the Cards are in the middle of a Top 25 season and ranked second in the ACC, while the others likely would not have advanced to the tournament.
Other schools that have been punished with postseason bans tied to NCAA investigations include SMU, Southern Miss and Pacific.