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Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel asks if UofL should receive the NCAA’s Death Penalty

Brian Bowen Sr. said under oath on Tuesday that he received a $1,300 payment from former Louisville assistant Kenny Johnson. It was just weeks after Louisville was officially put on probation from the prostitution scandal and Johnson (who was also the associate head coach) initially said no before making the payment to the former five-star recruit’s father.

You can read more about Bowen Sr.’s day at court HERE, but it was not great news for the Cards.

And before UofL fans try to say this is one side of the story and just because Bowen Sr., said it in court doesn’t mean the NCAA has proven anything; that no longer matters thanks to a new NCAA rule.

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel, who’s been covering the trial, wrote a column asking if the NCAA would issue the Death Penalty to Louisville:

We never got to find out, of course. By late September, when the scandal broke, Johnson was placed on administrative leave. He was fired in November and now works as an assistant at LaSalle. That school has offered no comment yet on the allegations Tuesday.

The NCAA’s stated criteria for implementing the “repeat violator” legislation and enacting the so-called death penalty is straightforward.

“Following the announcement of a major case, a major violation occurs … within five years of the starting date of the penalty assessed in the first case,” NCAA documents read. “The second major case does not have to be in the same sport as the previous case to affect the second sport.”

In this case it isn’t just the same sport, men’s basketball, it’s the same coaching staff, Rick Pitino’s. And forget five years, Louisville didn’t make it five months.

Wetzel makes plenty of interesting points regarding the trial, Bowen Sr.’s claims and what the NCAA may do to Louisville. Read his entire column HERE.

I don’t think we ever see the Death Penalty (at least as we know it from SMU) issued to a school ever again and I wish we’d retire the phrase, but it seems highly unlikely the Cards receive that harsh of a punishment.

We won’t have any clarity on this for at least a year (probably longer), but if the NCAA were to ever hand out the Death Penalty again, it seems like it was made for this situation.

Wetzel says it better (and harsher) than me: If the committee on infractions doesn’t have the courage to implement the death penalty on that, then the NCAA should just give up and take it off the books.



Article written by TJ Walker

14 Comments for Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel asks if UofL should receive the NCAA’s Death Penalty

  1. oruacat2
    10:15 pm October 9, 2018 Permalink

    1) If anybody was ever going to get “the death penalty” again, it would’ve been UNC
    2) The SI read on what the punishment did to SMU is fantastic and very eye-opening. It didn’t just kill the athletic programs, it nearly killed the entire institution of learning. That’s why the NCAA will never impose it again – because it almost took down the entire university.

    • Poppschmidty
      6:47 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

      If Penn State still has a football team Louisville will be just fine.

  2. madman75
    10:53 pm October 9, 2018 Permalink

    What about others that have been mentioned in testimony this week such as Kentucky? What came out in court?

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    2:03 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

    If Louisville gets the death penalty, who will pay for that arena?

  4. Tom Bombadil
    6:38 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky has not been mentioned in court

  5. rickwhitetx
    8:49 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

    Since all the guilty parties are gone from Louisville and it takes forever for the NCAA to do anything, I bet the NCAA does nothing to Louisville.

    • ClutchCargo
      8:55 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

      The guilty parties were all gone from UK when we got probation back in the ’80’s. But yeah, they very well may get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of all the FBI stuff and do nothing.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:15 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

      Doing nothing is not an option, but i would agree that the sheer volume of issues means that the apppropriate response is more likely to be broad changes in rules and roles. I think targeted punishments would only be for extreme cases. That being said, UL might be considered an extreme case when you consider the recent history. Maybe the most appropriate response would be to hand out lifetime bans to individuals. That gives you the most bang without killing any institutions.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:36 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

      Just curious, does anyone think this is only happening in basketball? Football has much higher revenue, so logically you’d have to assume this is happening in some fashion there as well. Is the NCAA serious about cleaning this stuff up or are they only putting out fires?

    • RexRox
      6:03 pm October 10, 2018 Permalink

      Agree with bluebloodtoo. Not a chance that this is happening in basketball and not in football, probably on a much larger scale.

  6. 3Goggles
    11:57 am October 10, 2018 Permalink

    Unpopular opinion time: I hope nothing happens to Louisville. Look, I hate them as much as the next guy. But they have been through the ringer. They have cleaned house with a new bball coaching staff, new AD, new president, new administration…pretty much the only relic left is Bobby Petrino and im not sure he lasts much longer. Mack is trying to build a program back and, so far, is doing it the right way. I wanna beat them by 90 every time we play, but not because of a death penalty. The death penalty would actually hurt the city economics more than the school at this point. And all currently at the school are innocent of those crimes. Let Louisville be.

    • BluejayK
      12:43 pm October 10, 2018 Permalink

      I agree 3Goggles.. They have cleaned house, and that’s good enough as far as I’m concerned. The ones who would get penalized, are the ones who obviously had nothing to do with any of the BS.

  7. natertatter
    8:12 pm October 10, 2018 Permalink

    i hate lousiville..i dont wanna see them get the death penalty…the should reduce there scholarships and recruiting visits so we can beat there azz for years..

  8. natertatter
    8:20 pm October 10, 2018 Permalink

    i hate lousiville..i dont wanna see them get the death penalty…they should reduce there scholarships and recruiting visits so we can beat there azz for years..