NCAA punishment for UofL 'draconian' university claims in appeal

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 13, 2017

The University of Louisville has made the contents of its 68-page appeal to the NCAA public after an open records request. Escort Katina Powell alleged in a book that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with recruits and players from 2010 to 2014.

This appeal comes almost two months after the NCAA Committee on Infractions made its official ruling against Louisville, which said the men's basketball program must vacate 123 wins, the 2012 Final Four appearance and the 2013 national championship.

A copy of the University of Louisville's case to appeal two of the NCAA penalties was obtained by WHAS11 Friday, Aug. 11.

From there, U of L blasted away at penalties handed down by the NCAA's committee on infractions, namely the vacating of several seasons worth of victories - including two Final Four appearances and the 2013 NCAA championship - and the forfeiture of NCAA tournament money earned during those seasons. It also suspended Louisville coach Rick Pitino five games for failing to monitor McGee. McGee, the former basketball operations director, received a 10-year, show-cause penalty from the governing body. Both penalties hinge on the participation, the response added, are discretionary and could be deemed inappropriate if the student-athlete isn't culpable for misconduct and received a negligible benefit that could restore eligibility.

"The COI abused its discretion by imposing such sweeping penalties, and its judgement must be reversed at least to that extent", the appeal says.

Louisville's appeal also said the COI imposed "a more draconian set of penalties" than warranted and said it ignored corrective measures. "At a minimum, the vacation and financial penalties imposed in connection with the 2011-12 and 2012-13 men's basketball season should be reversed".

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