NCAA suspends Louisville's Rick Pitino after escort investigation
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 11:30
The team will vacate its records from December 2010 through July 2014 - a span that includes the team's national title in 2013 - for games in which ineligible players took part. The NCAA said the school must provide a list of games impacted by the decision within 45 days.
The Cardinals were 121-31 in that time, winning three conference titles, making four straight NCAA Tournaments, two Final Fours and winning it all in 2013. "We are disappointed that he was not co-operative", Postel said. But this is over the top it's to the point where it's not even conceivable what I just read.
FILE - In this October 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during an NCAA college basketball press conference in Louisville, Ky. "The additional penalties imposed by the committee are the ones that surprised us". The NCAA ruled that Pitino "violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules" after former assistant Andre McGee allegedly hired strippers to entertain players and recruits.
There is also no longer naiveté protection for head coaches in these kinds of NCAA cases, which in a previous era always fell on the head of some "rogue" staffer.
He felt that assistant coach 3 may have known of the incidents, as assistant coach 3 was "close" to the former operations director.
Rick Pitino says he has lost a lot of respect for the NCAA during the investigation of the program (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).
"We are embarrassed about what went on".
So I don't believe Pitino knew a thing. The members were apparently determined from the beginning to administer the harshest punishment possible to the basketball program.
Pitino received a five-game ACC suspension, while Boeheim sat out nine games, likely the largest discrepancy in the decision doled out by the NCAA.
U of L Compliance Consultant Chuck Smrt on Thursday said the vacation of records could affect 108 regular season and 15 post season games, including the Cards' 2013 National Championship win. McGee was handed a 10-year show-cause order, effectively barring him from coaching at any NCAA university. Powell identified McGee as the one who paid for sex with recruits and players in the players' dormitory, Minardi Hall, which was constructed in honor of Pitino's brother-in-law. The Committee on Infractions to charge Louisville with Level I violations, the highest charge in its arsenal.
Pitino has maintained during the investigation he had no knowledge of the activities described in Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen".
The committee held a almost 11-hour hearing with Louisville officials in April, a meeting Pitino later described as "one of the most hard days".
McGee is banned from being employed within the NCAA for 10 years.
"No one who was interviewed during the investigation provided any information showing that the head coach was aware of the stripteases and prostitution".
"After reviewing all of the interviews and evidence, the Commonwealth's Attorney's office concluded that there simply was not the legally required independent corroboration of the allegations made in Powell's book to justify recommending that Powell or McGee be indicted and to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial", Wine said in a statement.
The penalties do not include any future postseason bans for the program, as UofL self-imposed its own postseason ban in the 2015-2016 season. Freeze has acknowledged violations within his program but mostly blamed them on a staffer and claimed ignorance.
"I didn't see this coming, to be perfectly candid", Tom Jurich, the school's athletic director said. I'm not a fan of the NCAA's toothless "vacating" of wins or seasons.