5 takeaways from U of L basketball's NCAA punishment
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed games Rick Pitino would miss as a result of his suspension. The 2017-18 ACC schedule has yet to be released.
Here are five quick takeaways from the NCAA committee on infractions decision on U of L basketball that was released Thursday morning:
(READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE FROM THE NCAA)
1. The NCAA is forcing the vacation of records for games from December 2010 through July 2014 in which ineligible student-athletes participated. In other words, if any athletes received impermissible benefits and then played, those wins would not count. This timeframe includes Louisville's 2013 national championship, and the NCAA's process for vacating records could mean the removal of U of L's title banner and the return of the 2013 championship trophy. The university has been asked to provide in the next 45 days a written report about the games at issue. U of L plans to appeal the NCAA's ruling, however, which will push that 45-day timeline back until after the appeal is concluded.
2. Coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for the first five games of U of L's Atlantic Coast Conference schedule during the 2017-18 season. That total – while made more significant by its inclusion in league play rather than nonconference play – was less than it could have been. Pitino will be not be allowed to be present in the arena, travel with the team or assist in practice, meetings or video study leading up to the games. The ACC's 2017-18 schedule has yet to be released.
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3. The U of L men's basketball program is on probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2021. During that probation period, prospective recruits on unofficial visits will not be allowed to stay overnight on campus or in any school-owned property.
4. The NCAA accepted some penalties already self-imposed by U of L, including the reduction of two basketball scholarships and other recruiting activities, like visits. There was a show-cause penalty of 10 years for former staffer Andre McGee, which essentially keeps him from taking a coaching job at another university.
5. There were no additional postseason bans for future U of L teams, though the university must return conference-sharing revenue from appearances in the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.