Louisville will impose additional sanctions on the men’s basketball program in the continued fallout of a scandal involving players, recruits and escorts.
Louisville will impose additional sanctions on the men’s basketball program in the continued fallout of a scandal involving players, recruits and escorts, reports Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.
The program will lose one scholarship and one official visit each of the next two seasons, and have 30 fewer days it can spend on the road recruiting this season.
Louisville previously acknowledged violations during the season and disqualified itself from playing in the 2016 postseason, including the ACC Tournament.
The school announced that it was investigating the program after Katina Powell, a Louisville resident, released a book in which she alleged that she provided strippers and escorts to dance and have sex with players in exchange for money. The coach that set up the arrangement, Andre McGee, left the school after the 2013–2014 season.
Forde reports that the additional sanctions are not a result of an ongoing NCAA investigation.
“After much deliberation, the University believes that self-imposing these penalties is appropriate,” outside legal counsel Steve Thompson said in a statement Wednesday. “While the University could elect to wait until the infractions process is complete, those consulted agree that these penalties are consistent with NCAA legislation, and imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University’s goal of expediting resolution of this matter.”
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has denied having any knowledge of the violations.