Louisville basketball: Vacated wins not enough to end NCAA corruption

Greg Postel

Greg Postel

Today the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee upheld earlier penalties imposed on the University of Louisville, including vacation of victories from 2011 to 2015.

While Beilein will not publicly contest Michigan's status as national runner-up that season, the coach of the other team Louisville beat at the Final Four is not so bashful.

It is great that the NCAA is finally cracking down on the programs involved in the massive corruption scandal uncovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It has more impact than you may be giving it credit for, particularly if they're going to lose a national championship off it". Under the NCAA's own rules, this cooperation should have been a factor in the severity of the punishment.

"In the Committee on Infractions' decision, the panel found that a former Louisville director of basketball operations acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation", The NCAA said in a news release.

University of Louisville interim President Dr. Greg Postel speaks to the media during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. In the book, and later in other published comments, Powell said McGee paid her approximately $10,000 to supply dancers and escorts for parties at Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm that houses Louisville basketball players among other athletes and is named for Pitino's late brother-in-law.

The committee called McGee's actions "disgusting and inexcusable", "repugnant" and "disgraceful".

The ACC suspended him for the first five conference games of the 2017-18 season, but Pitino was sacked before he could serve that suspension.

Being out of a job, with his career most likely done, probably has something to do with that. If they do so, the list of individuals willing to accept the job is going to start narrowing, and the possibility of a Championship-caliber coach walking through the door is going to grow.

MI - led by current Knicks guards Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke - lost to Louisville in the title game that year, 82-76.

The penalties included a reduction in scholarships, recruiting sanctions and suspending Pitino for the school's first five ACC games of the season.

The ruling Tuesday is only a resolution to one investigation. As ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported last week, the FBI investigation "could result in potential NCAA violations for as many as three dozen Division I programs".

Louisville won 82-76, but MI fans will forever wonder what might have been had Trey Burke's spectacular second-half block of a Peyton Siva layup attempt not been called a foul. "That was a really good basketball team".

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