Louisville could be entering very rare company.
The NCAA handed out its penalties for the Louisville basketball program this morning. Rick Pitino was suspended for five ACC games this upcoming season, and the program will have to vacate any wins "in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014."
If any ineligible student-athletes competed in UL's run to the 2013 NCAA Basketball championship, the Cards would have to take down its banner and vacate the title. In doing so, they would become the first Division I college basketball program to be stripped of a championship.
Multiple programs have been forced to vacate Final Four appearances (the Fab Five Michigan teams, John Calipari's squads at UMass and Memphis etc.) but none have had to give back a title.
In fact, the only team in Division I history to have to vacate a championship in college basketball or football is the 2004 USC Trojans.
The undefeated Trojans were stripped of their crown as a result of NCAA violations that also cost Reggie Bush his Heisman Trophy and resulted in a two-year bowl ban. That's what the record says, though you can debate if it matters to fans.
It remains to be seen if Louisville will be joining USC.
Once the names of the student-athletes implicated in this scandal are confirmed, it will become clear whether the banner is safe or not.