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Louisville says NCAA 'wrong,' former basketball players still claim title

22 February 2018, 12:49 | Franklin Nunez

Louisville loses NCAA investigation appeal, will vacate 2013 national title

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The NCAA has ordered the University of Louisville to vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship and strike years of wins and player statistics from official records, doling out a historic punishment for a sex scandal that tarnished one of college basketball's most successful programs.

The scandal under examination by the panel first came to light in 2015 when a woman said that Andre McGee, a former Louisville player then serving on the basketball staff, had solicited her escort service.

The school's interim president said the NCAA is "simply wrong" for denying Louisville's appeal.

The ruling also states that Louisville must repay money earned through its appearances at the NCAA tournament in years 2012-15. And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument.

It is the first time the NCAA has stripped a program of the championship won in the Division I men's basketball tournament, the organization's signature event. He was the school's director of basketball operations during the championship season. "Instead, it was ignored".

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The possibility of Louisville's situation being a far worse equivalent of IU's is very real, and unless the plan is to keep Padgett around for the long haul-and it very well could be, which wouldn't be a awful idea-Postel and interim athletic director Vince Tyra are going to have to start searching for a permanent option soon. "It has more impact than you may be giving it credit for, particularly if they're going to lose a national championship off it". The athletes knew their behavior violated the rules, or should have known, making them ineligible for the competition. Louisville appealed in August in a 68-page response that called the punishment "Draconian" and said the NCAA "abused its authority" in punishing the program ... crazy, since it's one of the few times the organization actually, finally used its authority correctly.

"We certainly really represented our university and college basketball the right way that year". However painful, this situation gives us the opportunity to turn the corner. We will need your help to do so.

Hours after the NCAA demanded that Louisville remove its 2013 national title banner, MI coach John Beilein made it clear the Wolverines won't be raising one of their own. It can not change the feeling many of us shared as we experienced the victories those teams earned.

I hope you will join me in continuing to remember those teams and their contributions.

"Brighter days are ahead", Tomlinson said.



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