Louisville ap­peals ‘dra­co­nian’ sanc­tions

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Louisville said the NCAA abused its author­ity when it dis­ci­plined the school for a sex scan­dal that could re­sult in the loss of its 2013 na­tional basketball cham­pi­onship.

The school also said in a 68-page ap­peal re­leased Fri­day that the gov­ern­ing body im­posed “dra­co­nian” penal­ties and ig­nored the school’s self-im­posed dis­ci­pline. Louisville banned it­self from the 2016 post­sea­son af­ter its in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­cov­ered vi­o­la­tions.

This is the lat­est step in a case that be­gan nearly two years ago. Es­cort Katina Pow­ell al­leged in a book that former Car­di­nals staffer An­dre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex par­ties with re­cruits and play­ers from 2010 to 2014.

The NCAA said Louisville must va­cate up to 123 vic­to­ries in which in­el­i­gi­ble play­ers re­ceived im­proper ben­e­fits. It also sus­pended Louisville coach Rick Pitino five games for fail­ing to mon­i­tor McGee.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the school was placed on four years’ pro­ba­tion and or­dered to re­turn money re­ceived through con­fer­ence rev­enue shar­ing for ap­pear­ances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA’s men’s basketball championships.

Pitino has de­nied knowl­edge of the ac­tiv­i­ties de­scribed in Pow­ell’s book.

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