Louisville basketball should learn its fate stemming from its recent sex scandal in the next two months, after an 11-hour hearing with the NCAA on Thursday.
A Louisville contingent, featuring head coach Rick Pitino, who faces potential suspension from one of the four Level I violations in the case, met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in a Cincinnati hotel ballroom on Thursday. With that meeting done, the school can expect the NCAA’s ruling in 6-8 weeks.
From the Courier-Journal:
U of L coach Rick Pitino was there, wearing a black suit with a red tie. So were Tom Jurich, the university’s athletics director, and interim president Greg Postel. Former graduate assistant Brandon Williams attended with his attorney. Chuck Smrt, the former NCAA enforcement staffer hired by U of L to conduct its internal investigation and represent the school at the hearing, came armed with a black roller bag and briefcase.
The hearing, conducted by a panel of about a half-dozen, started at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and lasted nearly 11 hours in a hotel ballroom, an olive-green space with patterned beige carpeting where Louisville learned it would be six to eight weeks before a final decision is announced.
The Louisville scandal emerged after local madame Katina Powell published a book called Breaking Cardinal Rules, outlining the parties thrown for Louisville basketball recruits featuring escorts and alcohol, organized by former U of L assistant Andre McGee. The school self-imposed a 2016 post-season ban after the NCAA investigation began.