Louisville to vacate 2013 national title after NCAA denies appeal

Louisville to vacate 2013 national title after NCAA denies appeal

Louisville to vacate 2013 national title after NCAA denies appeal

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. The tattoo reads, "2013 NCAA Champions" along with a Louisville logo and the team's 35-5 record.

The decision by the governing body's Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations.

"We'll remove the official recognition, but it won't remove it from our hearts and minds", Louisville interim athletics director Vince Tyra said during a news conference held shortly after the NCAA's announcement.

Louisville interim president Greg Postel said in a statement Tuesday that the school still disagrees with the NCAA's ruling.

Louisville appealed but the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday upheld a ruling that the men's basketball team, one of the most storied squads in the country, must give up 123 victories between 2011 and 2015.

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.

This dark cloud has hung over our heads for more than two years, and it has had a negative impact on our athletics program, our fans and the entire university family. "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".

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Ineligible players, whose identities have not been released, competed for Louisville from 2011-2012 through the 2014-15 seasons, which included the NCAA Tournament it won in 2013 and its Final Four appearance in 2012.

Louisville must pay back the conference revenue sharing money earned from its postseason appearances during those years.

According to Bleacher report, the NCAA infractions committee previously ruled that assistant coach Andre McGee arranged for strip teases and sex acts for potential recruits.

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino has denied knowledge of the parties.

Postel asserted, as he said the school did in its appeal, that the program had apologized, cooperated and imposed penalties on itself - actions that "should have been a factor in the severity of the punishment", he said.

"The Committee on Infractions responded to the appeal by stating the penalties were appropriate due to the serious, intentional and numerous violations orchestrated by a university staff member for almost four years". 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.

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