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:
The NCAA has denied Louisville’s appeal, per release. Cardinals will have to vacate wins, including the 2013 national championship.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 20, 2018
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:
Greg Postel’s written statement: pic.twitter.com/3IYBbtoXGC
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) February 20, 2018
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.