Pitino receives 5-game ban for Louisville sex scandal

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 23, 2017

Perhaps the most significant penalty is the "vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 to July 2014".

The NCAA ruled Thursday that Louisville men's basketball Coach Rick Pitino failed to properly monitor his program during a high-profile escort scandal, slapping him with a five-game suspension and starting a process that could force the school to forfeit its 2013 national championship.

Joining Pitino, athletic director Tom Jurich and acting U of L president Greg Postel, attorney Chuck Smart said the order to vacate wins includes 108 victories, 15 in the NCAA Tournament. Through the findings of the NCAA, they found no evidence that anyone aside from McGee knew about the situation. "The people who investigated this were highly professional and they were fair". Additionally, the university must reduce men's basketball scholarships by four over the probation period.

The NCAA accepted the basketball program's self-imposed postseason ban for the 2015-16 season.

"By his own admission, the head coach and his assistants did not interact with prospects from 10 p.m. until the next morning", the NCAA release stated.

The NCAA has not vacated the Cardinals' 2013 national championship - yet.

"We intend to appeal all aspects of the penalties". The head men's basketball coach violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not monitor the activities of his former operations director.

"Excessive", said Chuck Smrt, the former NCAA enforcement director hired by Louisville to help craft its response to the infractions committee.

McGee, meanwhile, received a 10-year show cause penalty that won't allow him to be employed by an NCAA member school until 2027.

In addition to Pitino's suspension and the potential loss of dozens of wins, the NCAA announced an assortment of other penalties, including placing the basketball program on probation for four years and restricting scholarships and recruiting.

As expected, both Louisville and Pitino plan to appeal the sanctions.

The university said in a statement Thursday that it was appealing the ruling.

In reality, vacating wins and titles is rather frivolous; we all know that Louisville won the 2013 national championship over MI, and history can not be changed.

The school met with the governing body in April and expects to hear about its penalties from the Committee on Infractions. The recruit told the NCAA the assistant knew about the parties because he was "close" with McGee.

Louisville is actually arguing that penalties are severe because strip dances and sex acts weren't worth that much.

McGee resigned from UMKC in October 2015, and hasn't coached since then.

"Not only was this unjust and over the top in its severity", the coach said at a news conference, "but I've lost a lot of faith in the NCAA".

Based on the standard in the Pitino case, though, that may not be good enough - for Freeze or any other coach falling afoul of the NCAA rulebook in future years.

"Although the panel did not conclude that the head men's basketball coach was aware of the activities, he did not exercise sufficient oversight of the former director of men's basketball operations". I suppose we'll find out more in the hours to come.

He blamed McGee and said he and university leaders "ask for forgiveness for what happened".

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