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Louisville Has Received Its NCAA Penalty

Louisville's championship banner for the 2013 national title.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 09: The 2013 NCAA National Championship banner is unvieled before the Louisville Cardinals game against the College of Charleston Cougars at KFC YUM! Center on November 9, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

On Tuesday morning, it was revealed Louisville was set to make a "major announcement" just after noon. The announcement detailed the NCAA appeals decision regarding Louisville's previous infractions.

College basketball analyst Dan Dakich speculated earlier this year that Louisville would have to vacate its 2013 title and faced a fine. The NCAA has confirmed Louisville will be forced to vacate wins, and will need to return money from its appearances in the NCAA tournaments over the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons.

Here's part of the announcement from the NCAA.

Louisville must vacate men’s basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.

In the Committee on Infractions’ decision, the panel found that a former Louisville director of basketball operations acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation. The violations in the case resulted in some men’s basketball student-athletes competing while ineligible.

In its appeal, the university argued the vacation of records and financial penalty should be set aside because they are excessive. The university contended that the penalties were based on participation of student-athletes who were not culpable in the violations, received negligible benefits as a result, and for whom reinstatement would likely have been granted.

The Committee on Infractions responded to the appeal by stating the penalties were appropriate due to the serious, intentional and numerous violations orchestrated by a university staff member for nearly four years. It further argued that student-athletes do not have to be culpable for the vacation penalty to be appropriate, and because the serious nature of the violations resulted in the participation of ineligible student-athletes, the vacation of records penalty was appropriate.

Louisville's men's basketball program is now the first Division 1 team to vacate a national title. It's not great.

You can read the full announcement here.