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Sex scandal sees Louisville stripped of 2013 men's title

Sex scandal sees Louisville stripped of 2013 men's title

Louisville now must forfeit its third NCAA title, victories and income from 2012-15, part of the timeframe during which the violations occurred.

The move marks the first time that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which regulates the big business of university sports in the United States, has forced a Division I basketball team to relinquish a championship.

The NCAA penalties are the result of an investigation that included allegations that a former Louisville staff member arranged for striptease dances and sex acts for players and recruits during parties at an on-campus dormitory from 2011 to 2015.

Following these allegations, the NCAA voted to suspend Pitino for five games (Pitino is no longer the head coach following his involvement in another scandal), they also imposed a four-year probation on the program and vacated the aforementioned 123 wins and its 2013 title.

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This includes the 2013 championship and an appearance the previous year in the tournament semi-finals known as the 'Final Four'.

Louisville interim president Greg Postel said he believes the NCAA is "simply wrong".

"I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong", Postel said Tuesday.

Former head coach Rick Pitino repeatedly has denied knowing about the activities described in Powell's book, but the blemish on the program will not be forgotten - not after Tuesday's sanctions. Padgett has taken over the men's program and Tyra has replaced Jurich. "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".

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Like you, I believe the university needed to appeal the decision as strongly as possible.

Postel estimated the return of up to $600,000 in NCAA Tournament revenue. The Cardinals attempted to fight it, though, as Louisville submitted a 68-page appeal to the NCAA.

Louisville had argued that the penalties were excessive and "based on participation of student-athletes who were not culpable in the violations", but the NCAA decided that the punishment was appropriate because of the "serious and intentional" nature of the violations.

The best effort by UofL and the nation's top litigator wasn't enough during the December appeal in Atlanta. "Instead it was ignored". The facts of this case are simply bad, causing many to find the detail of the appeal not compelling. However painful, this situation gives us the opportunity to turn the corner. We will need your help to do so. It can not change the feeling many of us shared as we experienced the victories those teams earned. "And I hope you will join me as the university looks to brighter days in athletics and as an academic institution".

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