TIMELINE: How did Louisville lose its 2013 championship?

Kristen Gonzales
February 22, 2018

Louisville was stripped of 123 wins and must pay the NCAA about $600,000 in fines, according to interim school president Greg Postel.

David Glenn breaks down why the punishment handed to Louisville from the NCAA is yet another example of why the theory that NCAA is afraid of major programs doesn't hold up.

That 2013 title was Louisville's only men's national championship in the past three decades. Louisville was ruled to have used ineligible players over a five-year period earlier this decade, as a result of impermissible benefits given to recruits and student-athletes. Louisville is also now the first NCAA DI men's basketball team "to vacate a national title during the Final Four era".

There needs to be pressure on the NCAA to further punish the Cardinals, for the extensive corruption uncovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While Louisville is certainly at fault for what went on during those years, Steve and Jeffrey Gorman say the NCAA needs to be taken to task over the system they operate under.

"I can not say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong", said university interim president Greg Postel.

"At the end of the day, we've got to win a couple of these games, there's no question about it", Padgett said.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions outlined the penalties against the program in June 2017.

The scandal under examination by the panel first came to light in 2015 when a woman said that Andre McGee, a former Louisville player then serving on the basketball staff, had solicited her escort service.

Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban in 2016. And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument.

Keatts spent three seasons as an assistant coach on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville, including the 2012-13 season that ended with the Cardinals defeating MI, 82-76, in the NCAA tournament championship game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. "Instead, it was ignored".

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. Until athletes are paid for their time and dedication to a school's basketball program, the NCAA will always be a stain on the sport.

That was all Louisville, which had an opportunity to display gracious, humble, contrite acceptance of penalties for actions it can not defend on NCAA, moral or common-sense grounds, and instead indicated it will comply, but not without sulking and still claiming "we was robbed".

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