The one question that remains after the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations about the University of Louisville sex scandal is, could Louisville lose its 2013 National Championship? The NCAA determined that 17 UofL players and recruits received impermissible benefits in the form of stripper parties and sex acts, but did not specify whether or not that makes those players ineligible. We’ll know for sure when the NCAA releases its sanctions for UofL in the coming months, but the Courier-Journal interviewed two former members of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions about the matter and both said there is a real chance Louisville could lose its title.
One of them, Rodney Uphoff, a University of Missouri law professor who served on the committee from 2008-14, said the only defense would be if the player or players mostly rode the bench and did not make a big contribution to the wins.
Jerry Parkinson, a former law school dean at the University of Wyoming who was on the committee from 2000-10, said it became increasingly automatic during his tenure to vacate wins earned with ineligible players. he cited Memphis, whose 38-victory season — including its run to the championship game — was vacated when the NCAA found freshman Derrick Rose’s SAT score was fraudulent because somebody took the test for him.
In her book and interviews following its release, Katina Powell claimed Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Chris Smith, Terrence Jennings, George Goode, and Wayne Blackshear all attended parties, and that Peyton Siva only came to one, near the end, but did not have sex with her employees.
That sounds like a group that contributed heavily to Louisville’s 2013 title if you ask me.