Pitino outraged at penalties, Louisville will appeal
LOUISVILLE, KY. | The NCAA didn’t feel Louisville went far enough with its selfimposed sanctions following a sex scandal investigation, so the governing body Thursday handed down a few more.
An outraged Rick Pitino feels the NCAA went too far. After completing its investigation of Katina Powell’s allegations that she and other escorts where hired to have sex parties and strip for Louisville recruits and players, antics the NCAA described as “repugnant,” it benched the Cardinals men’s basketball coach for five games and imposed several other penalties.
Louisville said it is appealing the NCAA’s decision, and even that wasn’t enough for Pitino. He fired a few salvos at the NCAA after reviewing the report.
The NCAA suspended Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games.
Louisville had self-imposed several sanctions, including a postseason ban in 2015-16. The NCAA accepted those, and tacked on more. The other penalties Louisville received include vacating wins in which ineligible players participated, placing the basketball program on four years’ probation, and issuing a 10-year show-cause order for McGee, Louisville’s former basketball operations director. The NCAA has not vacated the Cardinals’ 2013 national championship — yet.