After receiving its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA – which includes one Level I allegation and three Level II allegations – Louisville head coach Chris Mack says the school will fight back.
“Since arriving at Louisville, I have seen up close the incredible changes that have taken place under the leadership of President Bendapudi and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra in our university and in our athletics department,” Mack said in an official statement. “The shared values and commitment to integrity is evident in their actions and has always been demanded in the programs that my staff and I have led.
“While I understand the allegations brought today, I am confident the University will do what is right, which includes fighting back on those charges that we simply do not agree with, and for which the facts do not substantiate.
“The future is bright for Cardinal Basketball. Our focus will continue to be on our tremendous student-athletes.”
Louisville Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said the school will do “all that we can do” to ensure current student-athletes, coaches, and administration do not have to pay for the actions of past staff members.
“Throughout the lengthy investigative process, we have been open and honest with the NCAA enforcement staff, but we have also aggressively pushed back to limit the number and seriousness of the allegations revealed today,” Tyra said. “I know that our institution could not have done anything more to lessen the charges leveled against us.
“We have tremendous young men in our basketball program, who had absolutely nothing to do with the actions of former staff members more than two years ago, and we are doing all that we can to make sure they do not have to pay a price for those actions.
“The NCAA investigation has been the ‘elephant in the room’ for quite some time and may continue to be in the months ahead. Yet Coach Chris Mack and his staff have never made excuses while leading our program back to its place among the college basketball elite. He and the Cardinal program will hold our heads high as we work through this process.”
This comes after the University of Louisville said today they “will not hesitate to push back where the evidence does not support the NCAA’s interpretations or allegations of charges,” a night-and-day difference from the school’s self-imposed violations following the Katina Powell scandal.
“It is important to remember that these are allegations—not facts—and the University will diligently prepare a full and comprehensive response and, absent an unforeseen development, submit it within the prescribed ninety-day period,” the school said in a release. “For those allegations that are proven to be factual, the University will take responsibility, as accountability is one of our core Cardinal Principles.
“However, we will not hesitate to push back where the evidence does not support the NCAA’s interpretations or allegations of charges. UofL has a right and a responsibility to stand up for itself when faced with unfair or unfounded charges and will always act in the best interests of the institution. Our legal team has begun the process of reviewing the Notice and will prepare a thorough response on behalf of the University.”