Louisville must vacate 2013 basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

Louisville loses NCAA investigation appeal, will vacate 2013 national title

The decision by an NCAA panel denied the Cardinals' appeals in a sex scandal case.

On Tuesday, the governing body announced the appeal has been rejected, according to ESPN.

"I can not say this strongly enough", Postel said, "we believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision". "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". "We believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision".

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", Postel said in his statement.

Greg Postel, the university's interim president, said the Kentucky school disagreed with the decision but it was time to turn the page.

"The violations in the case resulted in some men's basketball student-athletes competing while ineligible", the NCAA explained in its announcement Tuesday, later adding: "The appeals committee stated when student-athletes participate while ineligible, these types of penalties are appropriate".

Louisville loses NCAA investigation appeal, will vacate 2013 national title

The ruling also states that Louisville must repay money earned through its appearances at the NCAA tournament in years 2012-15. And in addition to a postseason ban and scholarship reductions the university imposed on itself, the NCAA put U of L on four years of probation, handed down further recruiting restrictions and ordered the school to officially disassociate with McGee, plus the vacation of records and return of NCAA Tournament revenue from the affected seasons.

The school's own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban almost two years ago.

"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".

The NCAA investigation centered around allegations made by Katina Powell, a self-described former escort, who alleged in a book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen", that former Louisville staffer Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows at the Cardinals' dormitory from 2010 to 2014.

Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were both fired by Louisville in October.

In its appeal, Louisville argued that the penalties were "excessive", the NCAA said.

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