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NCAA suspends Pitino, vacates UofL’s records from 2010-2014

The NCAA’s infractions ruling on the Louisville Cardinals is out and it sounds like the 2013 title and 2012 Final Four are gone, but it’s not completely clear. How do we interpret this? The report reads:

Penalties prescribed by the panel include four years of probation for the university; a suspension from the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach; a 10-year show-cause order for the former operations director; a one-year show-cause order for a former program assistant; a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014; men’s basketball scholarship reductions and recruiting restrictions; a fine of $5,000, plus the university must return money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. The panel also accepted the university’s self-imposed 2015-16 postseason ban.

One thing we do know is Rick Pitino was hit with a five-game suspension during ACC play in the upcoming season after the NCAA determined the head coach failed to monitor:

The head coach failed to monitor the former operations director when he created the residential environment in which the violations occurred and trusted the former operations director to follow the rules, and delegated monitoring of the former operations director to his assistant coaches without appropriate oversight. The head coach noted his assistant coaches were responsible for monitoring the former operations director. When asked during the investigation, the assistant coaches were unaware of this responsibility. The panel noted that a head coach does not meet his monitoring responsibility by simply trusting an individual to know NCAA rules and to do the right thing.

You can read the entire report here.


It looks like the NCAA has given the University of Louisville 45 days to identify the games that ineligible players played in, so we do not know for sure if the banner is coming down.

But if you’re to believe Katina Powell’s word, SEVERAL of the members of the 2012 and 2013 teams were involved.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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44 Comments for NCAA suspends Pitino, vacates UofL’s records from 2010-2014

  1. playmorezeppelin
    11:15 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    That banner is coming down

    • catdaddyd
      11:43 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Does this mean Pitino has to have his cardinal tattoo removed as well?

  2. tmurphy
    11:18 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Wow that’s a lot

  3. UK_Finchy
    11:18 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    “December 2010 and July 2014” not “December 2010 THROUGH July 2014”

    Doesn’t make sense, but fingers crossed!

    • cjruk1
      11:24 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      That’s a typo.

    • NcCatFan75
      7:03 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Unless the three are entirely made up of these players, they lose the banner (unless they win the appeal): Mango Mathiang, Logan Bauman, Zach Price, Brian Baffour, and Mike Marra.

  4. chief_cat
    11:19 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    If this actually brings the banner down, that was one heck of a squirt!

    • jcatron
      11:34 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      You win the internet today good sir. Well done.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:40 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      The squirt heard round the world? 😀

  5. Howdy Doody
    11:21 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    WHAS is reporting the 2013 Banner will remain. 5 Game ACC suspension for Pitino.

  6. UK1983
    11:23 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Ramsey better cough up his bonus checks – they are going to need that money to reimburse the NCAA and leagues for their revenue sharing.

  7. za
    11:24 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Two months, not four years..

    I really thought it would come down

    • BBNDan7
      11:29 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      It was a typo. They clarified it was December 2010-June2014

    • za
      11:55 am June 15, 2017 Permalink


  8. BBNDan7
    11:24 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    It reads like they get to pick which games to vacate, that can’t be true? Surely the NCAA doesn’t let them just pick

  9. Mathlete
    11:29 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Once those seasons are vacated:

    – both the 2013 Title and 2012 Final Four banners are gone
    – 2013 regular season Big East title is gone
    – 2012 and 2013 Big East Tournament titles are gone
    – 2014 AAC tournament title is gone
    – half of Pitino’s wins against UK since Cal has been here (2013) is gone

    That’s 5 conference titles, a Final Four, a National Championship, and now Pitino is 1-8 against UK again. Ouch.

    • Mathlete
      11:33 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Just now seeing that update… what the hell NCAA??? You punished Penn State more for something that isn’t even in your sphere of influence because it was so egregious, but you’re going to let Louisville pick the games they forfeit???

    • secrick
      11:40 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

      No they don’t get to pick , every game these players played in are gone and that’s every game.

    • Mathlete
      12:02 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Depends on who the NCAA investigation determined was ineligible, that could be a bunch of guys who rode the pine all season or it could be their starters

    • BBNDan7
      12:13 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      The NCAA already knows what players it was. And so does everyone else

  10. loservilletard
    11:32 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    the university should do the honorable thing and fire the entire staff, along with the AD.
    Then again, the University is not honorable…

  11. Craig
    11:33 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Russ Smith’s first game was December 1, 2010

  12. coolclay
    11:41 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    What players were involved in the scandal? We could look at all the box scores for the dates listed and find out.

    • BBNDan7
      12:14 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      According to Katina Powell, Chane Behanan, Montrez Harrell, and Russ Smith

  13. WizardWCN
    11:45 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Not much time for the lying bunch of lairs to get their lies straight, they speak at 1230

  14. rickwhitetx
    11:47 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    1) After all this time the NCAA doesn’t know which players were ineligible?

    2) The NCAA is depending on Loserville to tell them in which games ineligible players participated?


    That’s like a judge saying, “Okay, dude, tell me which liquor stores you robbed so I can sentence you properly.”

  15. WizardWCN
    11:47 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    russ smith and Montrezl Harrell are two

  16. loservilletard
    11:55 am June 15, 2017 Permalink

    if those 2 were involved, they played in every game, so goodbye banner….

  17. Tom
    12:00 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    This list is off of showing U of L basketball recruits and dates they signed their National Letter of Intent (NIL) or commitment date.

    Elisha Justice SIGNED – 05/05/2010

    Gorgui DiengGorgui Dieng SIGNED NLI 05/06/2010

    Justin Coleman SIGNED NLI 05/05/2010

    Russell Smith SIGNED NLI 11/20/2009

    Kevin Ware COMMITTED 05/30/2011

    Angel Nunez SIGNED NLI 11/11/2010

    Chane Behanan SIGNED NLI 11/10/2010

    Wayne Blackshear SIGNED NLI 11/10/2010

    Zach Price SIGNED NLI 11/10/2010

    Mangok Mathiang COMMITTED 08/19/2012

    Montrezl Harrell COMMITTED 06/04/2012

    Akoy Agau COMMITTED 09/19/2012

    Chris Jones COMMITTED 09/17/2012

    Anton Gill COMMITTED 12/21/2011

    Terry Rozier SIGNED NLI 11/09/2011

    Anas Osama Mahmoud COMMITTED 03/03/2014

    Matz Stockman SIGNED NLI 11/20/2013

    Quentin Snider SIGNED NLI 11/15/2013

    Chinanu Onuaku SIGNED NLI 11/13/2013

    Jaylen Johnsonsilanti SIGNED NLI 11/13/2013

    Shaqquan Aaron SIGNED NLI 11/13/2013

    Ryan McMahon SIGNED NLI 04/15/2015

    Donovan Mitchell COMMITTED 08/07/2014

    Raymond Spalding COMMITTED 07/20/2014

    Deng Adel COMMITTED 07/14/2014

    Type a message…

  18. 8xchamp
    12:04 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Smith, Harrell and Bohannon. It’s coming down. What a glorious day.

  19. catinkville
    12:11 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    It would seem nearly impossible to vacate all wins in that time frame where ineligible players played and not vacate the championship. However, the fact that the NCAA left the door open leads me to believe that something fishy is going on here.

  20. brogan1974
    12:28 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Even if Louisville has to vacate wins it will not bother them from this point forward. So what if they have to vacate wins from 6 or 7 years ago? everyone still remembers them as national champions. Just like Memphis when Rose was down there. No one talks about the victories vacated, they talk about how good the team was. This punishment, while bad, really is nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The NCAA is slowly becoming a thing of the past anyway just like the NIT. In twenty years no one will care who won NCAA titles. Penalties are always a big deal when they happen (as UK fans we should know) but at the end of the day no one really remembers them.

    • BluKudzu
      2:21 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately, the only person that believed this to be true, is you. You must be one of those people that refers to themselves as a “Louisville Man.”
      The fact is, anybody that follows College Basketball, outside of the typical Louisville fan which remains in denial, will speak of the 2013 team in the same breath as their AD which is absent any sense of right or wrong, their coach, which has no morals, along with the filth and depravity the 2013 represented, as it tried to build a winning program, that would compete for a championship.
      Sorry dude, talk of how good they were, everywhere else on the planet will be minuscule, compared to the talk of how morally bankrupt the sports program is, specifically in basketball, forever setting precedent as the worst offender, with the most despicable activities, (using under age girls to sleep with recruits) in the history of college basketball.
      How good were they? Any of them on an NBA roster? Any of them make an NBA all star game? At best they won the tournament in a very down year, and had to cheat to do it.
      “Louisville Man.” I laugh at you.

    • brogan1974
      10:17 am June 17, 2017 Permalink

      @BluKudzu. First off I don’t live and die with any of these programs. The fact that I am on here responding is unusual because college aports are truly insignificant. BUT, anyone that realizes how insignificant they are will fully agree with me. What happened ten years ago in college basketball, football, baseball, or any other sport simply does not matter. That is all I said. Only crackpot fans like the BBN idiots or Card Nation morons will worry about those wins. The guys on the teams don’t care (probably) and fans of every program other than these two do not care. No one sits and talks about ten years ago in sports other than the guys that have nothing else going on in their lives. As aggregious as what Louisville did was (yes it was terrible) they did win which was their objective. UNC also won while they were cheating on classes (yes also terrible). What did U.K. win when they were banned from tv and could not play in a the NCAA? Nothing, if you are going to cheat to win at least do it right. BluKudzu, keep being what you were destined to be. BBN all the way. I’ll get back on here in ten years to see your comments on the 2013 NCAA championship.

  21. catinkville
    12:40 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    Someone has already updated the UL Bball Wikepedia page!!'s_basketball

  22. Al B. Frank
    2:10 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    If they vacate the title, Pitino should have to get that tattoo removed. After all, didn’t they refuse to let Cal receive a ball to commemorate 500 wins a few years back?

  23. rossalaska
    2:16 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    How does this impact potential sanctions against North Carolina?

    • Luether
      6:04 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      NC and Roy Williams will continue to skate…

  24. EdC
    3:20 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

    ” a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014″

    I just realized something in the wording that could actually screw UK a tiny bit. If the entire records during that time are vacated and the NCAA vacates wins AND losses we were 6-1 over Louisville during that time period. We should appeal THAT. Make them keep the losses no?

    • wesmorgan1
      5:35 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink

      Nope – not how it works…

      If the NCAA (or a conference) mandates FORFEITS, all wins/ties become losses and the opponents’ records are adjusted accordingly.

      If, on the other hand, games are VACATED, they are fully expunged from the school’s record (win or lose), but the opponents’ records are left “as is” (win or lose).

    • EdC
      6:11 pm June 15, 2017 Permalink


  25. CPACAT
    6:39 am June 16, 2017 Permalink

    Sadly, a vacation of records will remove their loss (LoL) to Morehead in 2011, correct…