Louisville forced to vacate 2013 national championship after losing appeal

NCAA takes away a Louisville title over stripper parties

NCAA takes away a Louisville title over stripper parties

The NCAA ruled Tuesday that the Louisville men's basketball program will have to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance.

The Cardinals paid for their shenanigans, which included ineligible players receiving improper benefits and former Louisville staffer Andre McGee reportedly hiring dancers for sex parties with recruits and players from 2010 to 2014.

"I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong", Louisville interim president Greg Postel said Tuesday. The NCAA's investigators didn't try to reason it away, drag it through the appeals process or claim it was blown out of proportion or selectively enforced.

MI guard Trey Burke (3) walks off the court as Louisville celebrate their win during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta.

Pitino denied all knowledge of these activities, and a year ago the NCAA's Committee on Infractions did not disagree.

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He said that "everything we are doing is aiming towards ensuring we meet every aspect" of the agreement. However, pro-EU campaigners said Davis was living in "cloud cuckoo land".

Student-athletes, who should be appropriately titled employees, are the ones really responsible for lining the pockets of universities and staff.

The FBI investigation that rocked college basketball prior to the start of the 2017-2018 season has much more coming, according to Yahoo Sports, but the NCAA may have given a glimpse of what is to come on Tuesday morning. "The university, under prior leadership, never made excuses for what took place. Instead, it was ignored". "It has more impact than you may be giving it credit for, particularly if they're going to lose a national championship off it".

In fact, Pitino is suing the University of Louisville Athletic Association for $37.6 million for breach of contract after he was sacked in October. This effort was costly both financially and in the time commitment. Also, Louisville's interim president Greg Postel responded to the news by disagreeing with the Infractions Appeals Committee's decision. They've watched an already perceived sacred cow skate on one of the most obvious cases of academic fraud over the past 50 years - at least partly because UNC reportedly ran up more than $18 million in legal fees - and they deservedly want to know what happened to their Get Out of Jail Free cards. Tyra said the school has not formally discussed any plans for further litigation against the NCAA, and while he maintained that Tuesday's ruling would help bring closure for the program's fan base, he didn't definitively rule out further action in the courtroom.

First and foremost, we are a university. We will move forward in an open, transparent and collaborative way.

After Pitino's Cardinals went 35-5 and downed MI in the 2013 national championship game, the Hall of Fame coach had the memory imprinted in ink on his body. Unfortunately, we didn't. And no scandal can ever change that. And it can not change the love so many of us have for this great university.

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