Louisville calls NCAA penalties for men's basketball 'draconian'

Leslie Hanson
August 13, 2017

This is the latest step in a case that began almost two years ago.

From there, U of L blasted away at penalties handed down by the NCAA's committee on infractions, namely the vacating of several seasons worth of victories - including two Final Four appearances and the 2013 NCAA championship - and the forfeiture of NCAA tournament money earned during those seasons.

The penalties came after a 13-month investigation into allegations that a former basketball team staff member, Andre McGee, arranged for and even paid for women to do stripteases and have sex with Louisville recruits and players. Men's basketball coach Rick Pitino filed his NCAA appeal separately.

If Louisville's penalties are upheld, the school noted that it would mark the first time a Division I men's basketball title would be vacated. The player's "eligibility restored without any loss of competition".

"The university fully agrees with the COI that McGee committed egregious misconduct", the summary of Louisville's appeal said.

If the university had known about McGee's actions, "it would have quickly obtained (the athletes') reinstatement".

"The answer is no", the appeal said, adding that "no prior decision has ever imposed vacation or disgorgement because of extra-benefits or inducement violation of little value and no advantage". UofL is appealing the penalties that the NCAA sent down in June over UofL's sex scandal with the men's basketball program.

The school submitted the appeal to the NCAA's Infractions Committee on August 9.

The appeal also said the school acted swiftly upon learning of McGee's conduct and imposed severe penalties such as sitting out the 2016 NCAA Tournament despite being ranked 13th. Powell documented the parties in her controversial memoir "Breaking Cardinal Rules".

Among the list of penalties was four years of probation for the team, a five-game suspension for Pitino, a vacation of records from December 2010 to July 2014, in which ineligible students played and additional scholarship and recruiting restrictions.

"The COI abused its discretion by imposing such sweeping penalties, and its judgement must be reversed at least to that extent", the appeal says.

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