NCAA Basketball Headlines

Pitino Gets 5-Game Ban for Louisville Sex Scandal – Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for the first five ACC games in 2017-18 for failing to monitor his program during an alleged sex-for-pay scandal, and the program will be on probation for four years, the Division I Committee on Infractions announced Thursday. It’s also unclear if Louisville will keep its 2012-13 national championship after the committee issued “a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.” The NCAA said the school must provide a list of games impacted by the decision within 45 days. Louisville interim president Greg Postel issued a statement Thursday saying he believes the penalties levied by the NCAA “went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable” and that the school plans to appeal. The NCAA ruled Pitino “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules” by failing to monitor the activities of former assistant Andre McGee, who is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits. McGee received a 10-year show cause penalty.

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