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Chris Mack releases statement on NOA, says Louisville will fight back

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.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Chris Mack releases statement on NOA, says Louisville will fight back

  1. Catuary
    1:33 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    This approach worked for UNC, so it’ll probably form the new playbook on how to deal with NOAs unless the NCAA shows some moxie and hammers them harder for fighting back.

  2. 4everUKBlue
    1:36 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Mack should have considered all this before taking the job

    • Han
      2:15 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      Everyone there right now has known all along that the NCAA has yet to punish the school for cheating WHILE being punished for previously cheating. Can’t cry about it now.

  3. secrick
    1:36 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like someone want be playing in the trnt next March, if anyone is.

  4. secrick
    1:38 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Another thing why would the NCAA just make up allegations about them.

  5. BobbyBlue
    1:41 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    So another 90 days of stalling response, and then another 90 days to reply to the NCAA reply. By then it will be obvious that there will not be a season and DaVille chooses their own punishment by declaring their team ineligible for the non existent tournament. If there is a season they can continue the UNCheats stalling for years. Hell it worked for the Tarholes.

  6. BlueBanker18
    1:44 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Just hit them with a fine, and go focus your energy on LSU, Arizona, NC State… If Pitino and Jurich were still on the payroll it would be a different story. Hell, go hit Pitino with something at Iona, but don’t punish the kids at UofL (or Chris Mack for that matter) any further for something they had no involvement in.

    • Han
      2:17 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      Their involvement is the recruits liked the school because of seeing their success (under the cheaters), and all of the staff and recruits chose to come/stay AFTER knowing the school was gonna get hammered again.

      Their involvement is in choosing to be part of a cheating program that was expecting more punishment. You can’t bring in innocents and hide behind them.

    • T-Town Cat
      3:21 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      Absolutely correct. The current players should have known what they were getting into, but if the coaching staff hid the facts from them they should be allowed to transfer to a non-cheating school immediately.

      5:33 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      Very well put Han – part of me does feel bad for the players, because they are kids and I’m guessing the recruiting pitch didn’t come with the caveat of “you should know we might get in trouble before you sign here”. Completely agree you can’t just bring in people that weren’t involved and hide behind them, and all players should be allowed to transfer out penalty free if they want to.

    • JASUN74
      9:15 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      I have to agree with you Han. They knew what was going to happen and had a choice to go there or anywhere else. They choose Louisville! At first glance one would feel bad for the guys who had nothing to do with it, but again, they knew what was happening and still chose UL. I say give them the same thing We got back then. Thing is, the school cheated, they need to be punished to the fullest extent. They should maybe give the players a chance to transfer, but the School itself needs punishment.

  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    1:51 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    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,”

    Yeah, good luck with that. That only works for ACC schools in the state of North Carolina that wear various shades of blue. Maybe a former Big 8 school in Kansas that wears blue also.

  8. Han
    2:14 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    “Current players did nothing wrong!” is the same crap excuse USC used with Reggie Bush, the same excuse UNC used, the same excuse cheaters always use.

    Guest what!? Those players came to your program because of your accomplishments while cheating, and they usually committed AFTER everyone knew the school was facing penalties. They chose their bed, let them sleep in it.

    Furthermore, if you want the NCAA to act immediately and punish the program as soon as possible, and not wait til “innocent” players are there, then don’t fight it when they announce penalties immediately without an investigation. Fat chance.

  9. Headhurts
    2:19 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    You cheated, you got caught, take your a** whippin and move forward.

  10. chrisblue
    4:28 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Han. You are my new favorite. I’ve been preaching those exact words. That’s like saying if a driver for a company causes a bad accident and the company fires him, you can’t sue said company anymore because they got rid of him.

  11. KYJelly
    7:01 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Mack is being a “company man”. He’s being supportive of the University and putting out an aura of “Ill fight for you” to them and the fans. Which, he should do, but that’s as far as it’ll go