Louisville Must Forfeit Basketball Championship Over Sex Scandal

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The NCAA has confirmed the University of Louisville must give up its 2013 national championship in men's basketball, denying the school's appeal of a decision previous year that penalized the Cardinals' program for "arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others".

The University of Louisville men's basketball team has been stripped of its 2013 national title over a sex scandal that included using strippers and prostitutes to recruit players.

Interim Louisville president Greg Postel said "We believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision".

The NCAA released their final sanctions for the University of Louisville this afternoon, and the penalties include vacating wins from the 2011-2012 season through 2014-2015.

Louisville is now the first D1 basketball program to have a National Championship vacated.

Despite UofL cooperating with the NCAA, self-imposing penalties and coming up with new regulations on campus, Postel said the NCAA didn't give the university any credit.

"The NCAA's ruling can not change the accomplishments or the excitement generated by our Cardinals basketball team", Postel said. "And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument", he wrote.

That 2013 title was Louisville's only men's national championship in the past three decades.

Besides taking down the red-and-white banner hanging beside the American flag and two other title flags in the Cardinals' downtown arena, Louisville must erase wins before and after that championship, along with other records.

Padgett is part of the many changes at Louisville in the months following the NCAA penalties. In one complaint, investigators described a partnership involving Louisville basketball coaches and several other parties, including a former executive at Adidas, the apparel company that sponsors Louisville's teams, in which they planned to funnel $100,000 to the family of a recruit in exchange for his commitment to the Cardinals. "There was an immediate recognition of the facts, the issuance of an apology, serious self-imposed penalties, extraordinary cooperation with the investigation that followed".

David Padgett has been serving as Louisville's acting head coach since Pitino's departure. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and former AD Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people.

That scandal led to the ouster of Pitino and Louisville's athletic director, Tom Jurich, by the university's board.



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