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Rick Pitino's New Comments On Louisville's Lost National Title Are Going Viral

A close-up of Louisville's 2013 NCAA Champion banner.

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)

Rick Pitino held a press conference on Wednesday to address Louisville's NCAA penalties. The Cardinals have been forced to vacate a number of their wins, including the 2013 national title.

The ousted Louisville head coach (removed for a scandal different than the one that led to these vacating of wins) didn't say anything too crazy at the press conference, though he was disappointed by what happened.

“Did a few of [the players] partake in parties they didn’t organize? Yes they did,” Pitino said. “But that had nothing to do with an extra benefit. That had nothing to do with helping their eligibility or performance in winning that championship.

“Those parties did not enhance our players’ ability to win a national championship or go to a Final Four.”

Pitino appeared on a Louisville radio station today. His comments this afternoon were stronger.

Here's some of what he said, from Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones:

Yeah, these comments probably aren't going to go over too well. It's definitely not "unconstitutional" for the NCAA to make Louisville vacate its 2013 national championship.

Everyone still knows who won it all that season. Even the team Louisville beat, Michigan, admits that the Cardinals are the real champions.

You can listen to Pitino's full interview here.