The NCAA put the Louisville menís basketball program on four years probation Thursday and imposed a number of penalties including a suspension of head coach Rick Pitino, a reduction of scholarships and an unspecified number of vacated games as a result of its investigation into the programís stripper scandal.
The implications for the Cardinalsí 2013 NCAA championship are unclear as the report says it will follow up on those vacated games within 45 days.
He might have to get that Tattoo removed!
The penalties announced are:
▪ Public reprimand and censure for the university.
▪ Four years of probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2021.
▪ A suspension from the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season for Pitino. During the suspension, the head coach may not be present in the arena where the games are played and have no contact with the student-athletes or members of his coaching staff. The head coach also may not participate in any activities including, but not limited to, team travel, practice, video study and team meetings.
▪ A 10-year show-cause period for former operations director Andre McGee from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2027. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the former coach must restrict him from holding any athletically related duties and from having any contact with prospects and their families.
▪ A one-year show-cause order for the former program assistant from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him can schedule an appearance before a panel of the COI to determine whether he should be subject to show-cause provisions.
▪ A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
▪ A reduction in menís basketball scholarships by two during the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university). Additionally, the university must reduce menís basketball scholarships by four over the probation period. The university may take the reductions during any year of that period.
▪ A prohibition of menís basketball coaching travel during the April 2016 recruiting period, which resulted in a reduction of menís basketball recruiting opportunities by 30 (self-imposed by the university).
▪ A reduction of recruiting travel during the July 2016 recruiting period by six days (self-imposed by the university).
▪ A reduction in the number of menís basketball official visits to a total of 10 during the 2015-16 year. Additionally, the university will have no more than a total of 16 visits during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years (self-imposed by the university).
▪ During the probation period, menís basketball prospects on unofficial visits may not stay overnight in any campus dorms or school-owned property.
▪ A disassociation of the former operations director (self-imposed by the university). The public decision describes the details of his disassociation.
▪ A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university). The university must also return to the NCAA the money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Menís Basketball Championships. Future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA.
▪ A postseason ban for the menís basketball team for the 2015-16 season (self-imposed by the university).
Pitino, Athletics Director Tom Jurich and interim president Greg Postel were to address the report at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Last fall, the NCAA accused Louisville of four serious violations and criticized the conduct of Pitino for failing to monitor a former basketball staffer, McGee, who allegedly hired escorts and strippers for sex parties with recruits and players. Pitino disputed that assertion.
The investigation began after the publication in 2015 of Katina Powellís book, ďBreaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.Ē
Powell wrote that McGee paid her $10,000 for strippers to perform 22 shows from 2010-2014 ó a period that includes Louisvilleís NCAA 2012-13 championship season ó with many occurring in the playersí Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The building is named for Pitinoís brother-in-law, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York.