UofL BASKETBALL | NCAA upholds Louisville penalties to vacate wins, pay fines

02/20/2018 12:21 PM

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it will uphold its original ruling, vacating wins within the University of Louisville basketball program and ordering the university to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

The decision will result in vacating men’s basketball games between December 2011 through 2014. This includes the 2013 National Championship title and a vacation of the program’s 2012 Final Four appearance.

Key penalties imposed by the NCAA include

*Four years of probation for the university from June 15, 2017 to June 14, 2021. Rick Pitino is suspended from the first five ACC games of the 2017-2018 season

*A 10-year show cause order for the former operations director Andre McGee

*A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014

*Men’s basketball scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions

*A fine of $5,000, plus the university must return money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships

*The panel also accepted the university’s self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban.

Full statement from Dr. Greg Postel, Interim President

“Today the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee upheld earlier penalties imposed on the University of Louisville, including vacation of victories from 2011 to 2015. That includes the 2013 national championship and the 2012 Final Four appearance.

I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong.

We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. And we made a strong case – based on NCAA precedent – that supported our argument.

From Day One, the university has admitted that the actions of the former operations director and any others involved under previous leadership were offensive and inexcusable. That is why we apologized immediately, cooperated fully with the NCAA, self-imposed penalties that were appropriate to the offenses and made significant changes to ensure incidents like this never happen again. Under the NCAA’s own rules, this cooperation should have been a factor in the severity of the punishment. Instead, it was ignored.

Like you, I believe the university needed to appeal the decision as strongly as possible. We brought in some of the best legal minds in the country, including the nation’s top litigator, who helped develop and argue our case. This effort was costly both financially and in the time commitment. We felt, and still feel, that the young men who earned those victories and the thousands of fans who supported them deserved our best effort. The pain caused for our fans and the players who were not involved is perhaps the most regretful result of this decision.

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. While we disagree with the NCAA’s decision, it is time for the university to close this chapter and move forward with a stronger commitment to excellence on and off the court.

First and foremost, we are a university. However painful, this situation gives us the opportunity to turn the corner. We will move forward in an open, transparent and collaborative way. We will need your help to do so.

The NCAA’s ruling cannot change the accomplishments or the excitement generated by our Cardinals basketball team. It cannot change the feeling many of us shared as we experienced the victories those teams earned. And it cannot change the love so many of us have for this great university.

I hope you will join me in continuing to remember those teams and their contributions. And I hope you will join me as the university looks to brighter days in athletics and as an academic institution.”

Statement from Larry Wilder, attorney for Katina Powell

“Today should mark the end of a long and ugly journey for the University. In retrospect it seems all should accept the fact that Ms Powell came forward with the information that she did and it was true. The wholesale denials of the head coach of the Powell affair, all the while the Bowen Scandal brewing, should make the alumni understand how pervasive the disrespect for the rules of the NCAA were in the program. The time has come for the University to hire a coach that can display the integrity, character and pride that is indicative of the people of the City, the graduates of the University and the players. It truly seems that the young man that has struggled at the helm of this ship is that answer. The University of Louisville is a great educational institution that I am a proud alumni. We will endure and we will grow from this troubled chapter that has come to a close all too late. “


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