Louisville's 2013 National Championship vacated as punishment for escort scandal

NCAA takes away a Louisville title over stripper parties

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It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated.

Louisville's win over MI in the 2013 title game will be wiped from the record books after NCAA ruling. "It further argued that student-athletes do not have to be culpable for the vacation penalty to be appropriate, and because the serious nature of the violations resulted in the participation of ineligible student-athletes, the vacation of records penalty was appropriate", the statement from the NCAA said.

Louisville has lost its appeal of NCAA sanctions related to a basketball infractions case, meaning the Cardinals must vacate their 2013 national championship and a pair of Final Four appearances.

Problem is. the NCAA just vacated all of Louisville's wins from that season - along with the national championship - over the sex party scandal in which team officials paid escorts and strippers for dances and sex acts for recruits and players.

Louisville interim President Greg Postel expressed his displeasure in the ruling and called the NCAA "wrong" in a statement he made on Tuesday.

'From Day One, the university has admitted that the actions of the former operations director and any others involved under previous leadership were offensive and inexcusable,' Postel said.

"I can not say this strongly enough".

Two weeks after the decision by the NCAA, U of L announced they would appeal the ruling. That decision is generally made based on what the NCAA considers the severity of the overall charges.

Louisville now must forfeit its third NCAA title, victories and income from 2011-15, part of the timeframe during which the violations occurred. It withstood the gauntlet of winning six consecutive games, culminating in an 82-76 victory over MI in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

"This is where your emotions move to the sad", Tyra said.

Louisville may have presented a strong case, but the NCAA had its own convictions. "I'm sad for our players and certainly our staff members".

"But that's not the real loss here today", he said.

Former coach Rick Pitino was found to have failed to properly monitor his program. Pitino was suspended for five ACC games in 2017-18, but was placed on administrative leave in September and later fired following revelations from the now-infamous FBI investigation into college basketball corruption.

The Cardinals have carried on this season under interim coach David Padgett.

The allegations in the federal complaint included an accusation that Adidas executives Jim Gatto and Merl Code conspired with former sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial planner Munish Sood to funnel $100,000 to the father of Louisville recruit Brian Bowen to ensure that his son signed with the Cardinals. The Cards play at fifth-ranked Duke (22-5, 10-4) at 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

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