Louisville Will Vacate 2013 National Championship After NCAA Denies Appeal

The Louisville basketball program must vacate its 2013 men's national championship, the NCAA announced on Tuesday after the university's appeal was denied. The NCAA's investigation subsequently corroborated that former Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee paid Powell to send strippers and escorts to dance for or have sex with Cardinals players and recruits at parties typically held in the university's on-campus basketball dorm.

University of Louisville interim President Dr. Greg Postel speaks to the media during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Louisville, Ky.

The school will vacate a total of 123 wins and pay fines totaling $600,000 after their appeal to the NCAA Infractions Committee, a process that began in June of past year, was rejected. Now if some other people are going to come and say, 'Hey, you won it all, you're the champion, ' we'll take it.

The Cardinals (18-9, 8-6 in ACC) begin a crucial four-game close to the regular season Wednesday when they travel to face fifth-ranked Duke (22-5, 10-4), as U of L looks to build its NCAA Tournament résumé.

The school's own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban almost two years ago. I think the value of trying to beat the NCAA on guidelines is hard.

You know, the game we're told doesn't exist.

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.

Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired in October after the FBI informed Louisville of a federal investigation alleging the university ordered a payment of $100,000 to five-star recruit Brian Bowen's father.

The committee assuredly will say the cases are separate, but when you're awaiting an appeal on one serious charge and your school is hit with an equal or worse charge, it might also be naive to believe one didn't impact the other.

A panel of the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee rejected Louisville's bid to reverse the penalties against the school, shooting down arguments that the punishment was excessive. Louisville appealed in August in a 68-page response that called the punishment "Draconian" and said the NCAA "abused its authority" in punishing the program ... crazy, since it's one of the few times the organization actually, finally used its authority correctly. "And I think there's not a lot of precedent for that happening".

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