Louisville Will Vacate 2013 National Championship After NCAA Denies Appeal

by February 20, 2018
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On Tuesday, Louisville announced that the NCAA has upheld its penalties against the school, meaning that the Cardinals will have to vacate the 2013 national championship and a 2012 trip to the Final Four:

Louisville will pay a fine and lose all of its wins from 2011-15 (when ineligible players took the court), becoming the first team to vacate a title in the Final Four era.

In a statement released shortly after the NCAA’s ruling, Louisville interim president Greg Postel voiced his strong opposition to the decision, via Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal:

I cannot say this strongly enough: We believe the NCAA is simply wrong. We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. And we made a strong case – based on NCAA precedent – that supported our argument. 

A process that began in October of 2015, when reports first surfaced of impropriety in the program’s recruiting procedures, has now come to a close.

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