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Donovan Mitchell Has A Message For Louisville Fans After 2013 Title Is Vacated

Donovan Mitchell drives past a defender while playing for Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 18: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at KFC YUM! Center on February 18, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville's penalty was upheld today, and the Cardinals have to vacate over 100 wins from the 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons. That includes the program's national title in 2013.

Donovan Mitchell wasn't a part of that Louisville championship. He joined the Cardinals in 2015 and played two seasons.

However, Mitchell feels strongly about the 2012-13 team. He tweeted a message to Louisville fans, the NCAA and anyone who wanted to listen this afternoon.

"You can take away the banner but you can’t take away the long hours in the gym the incredible wins the passion that this team played with!" Mitchell tweeted. "They were an inspiration to young athletes including myself!! Go ahead take away the banner but we all know who won in 2013 #L1C4."

Mitchell does have a point. We've said it on here dozens of times: vacating wins is a hollow penalty.

Louisville fans will be taunted about the penalty, but they still did get to see their team win it all. The NCAA can't take that away.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is representing his alma mater pretty well. He's averaging 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a rookie for the Utah Jazz.

Mitchell is one of the top first-year players in the NBA. He also just won the annual slam dunk contest at the All-Star Game last weekend.

Not too shabby.