Louisville Forced to Vacate 2013 Title After NCAA Denies Appeal

Holden Carter, Writer

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The NCAA has decided to deny the appeal of the Louisville men’s basketball program regarding the allegation that a staff member arranged sex acts by strippers for players and recruits during parties on campus from 2011 to 2015. The basketball program will now be forced to vacate 123 games including its 2013 National Championship and will also have to return $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.

Rick Pitino, head coach of the Cardinals basketball team from 2001 to 2017, was fired in October following the alleged “pay to play” system involving Louisville recruits. Pitino denied all knowledge of the alleged sexual acts in 2015. A committee didn’t disagree with Pitino’s statements, but they found that he failed to properly to monitor his staff’s compliance to NCAA rules.

Louisville interim president Greg Postel said, following the NCAA’s denial of the program’s repeal, “I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong.”

Others within the Louisville community agreed.

“We’ll remove the official recognition, but it won’t remove it from our hearts and minds,” said Louisville interim athletics director Vince Tyra, regarding the forced removal of the program’s wins, namely its 2013 Championship.

Several former Louisville players who were on the 2013 squad, including Kevin Ware and Donovan Mitchell, voiced their displeasure of the NCAA ruiling.

“You can take away the banner, but you can’t take away the long hours in the gym, the incredible wins the passion that this team played with,” Mitchell tweeted. “They were an inspiration to young athletes including myself!! Go ahead take away the banner, but we all know who won in 2013.”

This is the 20th time a program has had its national championship stripped away by the NCAA. Louisville basketball is currently serving a self-imposed postseason ban.

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