Sex scandal sees Louisville stripped of 2013 men's title

  • Sex scandal sees Louisville stripped of 2013 men's title

Sex scandal sees Louisville stripped of 2013 men's title

All records from the 2011-12 through 2014-15 season must be vacated.

Louisville will have to vacate its 2013 NCAA title and pay a fine. It also refuted Louisville's position that the NCAA exceeded its boundaries and didn't follow its own precedent established in other cases and said in an eight-page decision that ended, "the penalties are upheld". The school - which must also vacate Final Four appearances in 2012 and 2013 - had argued in its appeal that the penalties were excessive.

As a result of today's ruling, the Cardinals will become the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history to vacate a title. But Tuesday, Louisville announced that an NCAA appeals panel had upheld sanctions against the men's program. Powell ultimately spoke with NCAA investigators. "There was an immediate recognition of the facts, the issuance of an apology, serious self-imposed penalties, extraordinary cooperation with the investigation that followed".

Rick Pitino, the coach at the time, denied any knowledge of the situation, but was sacked for recruiting violations in October.

The escort scandal was only the beginning of Louisville's off-court troubles. However, a few months later, Pitino and the Louisville program got swept up in another scandal brought out by an FBI investigation into alleged basketball corruption. To wit: the stripper scandal, allegedly paying Brian Bowen $100,000, and Rick Pitino being fired as a result of a running list of allegations. It's obviously disappointing to the players, fans and Coach. Athletics director Tom Jurich was sacked with cause two days later.

Adidas, which sponsored the Cardinals, promptly terminated its personal services agreement with Pitino. Not long after, Pitino was ousted by the university - but not before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported a year ago that Pitino received 98 percent of the $39 million the Cardinals were owed from the sponsorship deal with Adidas.

The appeal was filed by Louisville arguing that the penalty was too severe.

Ware returned to play nine games for the Cardinals in 2013-14 before transferring to Georgia State.