After missing the NCAA Tournament in 2018, the Louisville basketball team was back in it this past year, only to lose in the First Round. But as hard as it must have been for Cardinals fans to see the team get knocked out so early, it looks like things are only going to get more frustrating for the program.
According to Jeff Greer of The Athletic, the NCAA has given Louisville a “verbal notice of inquiry,” which he explained signals the start of an infractions investigation. Per Greer’s report, the investigation stems from the NCAA’s response to the FBI’s college basketball corruption case that has already seen several men found guilty.
The Louisville basketball program is no doubt familiar with NCAA investigations, having suffered severe consequences for infractions back in 2017. Head coach Rick Pitino, the athletic director, and assistants were all terminated.
Louisville was also forced to vacate its 2013 NCAA title as a result of the infractions.
[new] The NCAA gave the University of Louisville a "verbal notice of inquiry,” signaling the start of an infractions investigation into the school in NCAA’s response to the FBI's wide-ranging college basketball corruption case: https://t.co/ms5HV5DhQ5
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) April 10, 2019
The school was also forced to take a self-imposed ban from the 2016 NCAA Tournament as a result of findings in a 2015 investigation of a sex scandal.