Pitino out­raged at penal­ties, Louisville will ap­peal

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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.

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