With Louisville's vacation of the 2013 NCAA Tournament title, does that mean that the runner-up, Michigan, now can claim the championship? In short, no.
Tuesday, the NCAA upheld its decision that Louisville would have to vacate wins from the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons as a result of a sex scandal that led to some of its student-athletes competing while ineligible. The NCAA's statement makes it clear that that includes Louisville's 2013 national title.
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.
Louisville is the first D1 men's college basketball team to have to vacate a national title.
Louisville, in 2013, took down Michigan in the national title game. But the Wolverines won't be hanging a banner any time soon.
The NCAA in these types of cases, does not award wins to teams that lost to programs that were playing ineligible athletes. Instead, the record book will simply read that no team won the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Who else did Louisville beat that year in the NCAA Tournament? In order, the Cardinals ran through North Carolina A&T, Colorado State, Oregon, Duke and Wichita State before facing off against the Wolverines.
The 2013 NCAA Tournament also featured one of the grossest injuries we've ever seen. It looks like Kevin Ware, who broke his leg in horrific fashion, technically won't have an NCAA title to show for his sacrifice anymore.
We're not sure if Michigan fans want to claim the 2013 national title, but regardless, it isn't really an option. Meanwhile, Louisville now can only technically claim two national titles - from 1980 and 1986.