A group of Louisville fans have hired an attorney to sue the NCAA over the 2013 national championship in men’s basketball stripped from the university earlier this year.
According to a report from Chris White of Louisville Courier Journal, the fans have former a group they’re calling the University of Louisville Protection and Coalition, or Louisville PAC for short, and have hired local attorney Robert Florio to represent them in their civil suit against the NCAA.
The suit will charge the NCAA with breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and arbitrary and capricious treatment of a member school. They’re seeking the return of the championship, the 123 vacated wins and any money made off Lousiville and the use of its trademarks.
Despite no legal contract with the NCAA, Florio claims that the group still has grounds for suing the governing body of college athletics.
“If I am induced to do something — buy something, get a ticket — I don’t have to have privity of contract with the NCAA,” Florio said. “I have detrimentally relied on something the NCAA has said. It gives me standing because I took action based on what they said. … By virtue of your statements, you have injured me and now I have standing.”
The Louisville athletic program has been steeped in scandal recently, both because of the sex scandal that resulted in the NCAA’s ruling and because of a pay for play scandal that led to the removal of basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.
This certainly won’t bring any closure to those matters, but it would restore a title that Louisville fans obviously feel they’ve earned so it’ll be interesting to see how this ultimately impacts the NCAA. If they somehow win, it might even set a legal precedent for taking on the NCAA moving forward.
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