There hasn’t been much good news for Louisville basketball fans lately, but most will likely be relieved to learn that Louisvilleinterim President Gregory Postel is not likely to self-impose another postseason ban on the Cardinals basketball team.
At least, not any time soon.
Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Postel feels the school’s action in firing Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Jordan Fair, as well as longtime athletics director Tom Jurich, shows “institutional responsiveness” to FBI allegations that Louisville arranged for a basketball recruit to receive $100,000 in exchange for a commitment to the school.
“Internally, we feel that we’ve obviously been very proactive in our decision-making around the events that took place during September,” Postel told Greer, referring to the FBI allegations. “I think that is evidence of institutional responsiveness to the seriousness of the concerns.”
Postel also said he has not yet been contacted by the NCAA about the allegations.
Louisville has removed its own team from the postseason before, and many fans feared Postel would decide to do so again.
Two seasons ago, when it was confirmed that assistant coach Andrew McGee had provided strippers and escorts to basketball recruits visiting Louisville’s campus, Louisville chose to self-impose a postseason ban on a team that was 18-4 at the time of the decision.
Former President James Ramsey hoped to lessen the punishment that would be handed down by the NCAA, but in June the NCAA still ruled that Louisville must vacate 123 wins, including the 2013 national championship, and repay what could be millions in NCAA Tournament revenue from the 2012-15 postseasons.
Louisville appealed the ruling, calling it “draconian,” and a final verdict has not yet been reached.
This year’s Louisville team returns two of its top three scorers from last season and five players that averaged over 10 minutes per game. The Cardinals are ranked No. 16 in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
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