Louisville must vacate 2013 basketball national title after losing NCAA appeal

Louisville must vacate 2013 basketball national title after losing NCAA appeal

Hancock and the other players said they had yet to speak with former Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who was sacked by the school before this season because of the program's involvement in an FBI investigation.

Josephine Potuto, a law professor at Nebraska, said when she served on the NCAA committee on infractions, they ended up doing more when it came to vacating wins.

Interim Louisville coach David Padgett said he wished the NCAA had waited until after this basketball season to issue its ruling that stripped the program of the 2013 national title and handed down multiple other punishments. The school argued that the athletes who participated in the violations were not culpable.

Postel said the penalty will be around $600,000.

Pitino made a deal with his team during that magical season that, if his players took home the championship, he would get a tattoo to pay homage to the feat. Individual records of student-athletes will also be vacated. The NCAA's investigators didn't try to reason it away, drag it through the appeals process or claim it was blown out of proportion or selectively enforced.

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As for the financial repercussions, according to the NCAA, "the institution shall return to the NCAA all of the monies it has received to date through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments".

But whatever ultimately happens to Ricky P's tattoo, a word of advice is in order for the next school that goes before the NCAA's Infractions Committee or its Appeal Committee: Hire North Carolina's legal eagles instead of Louisville's.

Louisville went 35-5 in 2012-13, winning the school's third national title. The UofL student body president tweeted "You can take the banner but not the memories or feelings of the fans". "While we disagree with the NCAA's decision, it is time for the university to close this chapter and move forward with a stronger commitment to excellence on and off the court".

Interim Athletic Director Vince Tyra said speaking at the news conference: "We'll certainly remove the formal recognition of our accomplishments from our facilities, but [the ruling] won't remove it from our hearts and our minds".

"I just think it's ridiculous because it has nothing to do with their skills and nothing to do with how they were playing", UofL student Connor McWhirter said. "I would personally probably not be in favor of it at this point. But I also have done roses and flowers, anything with a lot of shading".