Louisville may be forced to vacate its 2013 NCAA title.
The NCAA announced its sanctions related to the Louisville sex scandal on Thursday, and in short, the Cardinals got hammered. In addition to four years probation, a five-game suspension for Rick Pitino, scholarship reduction and a number of other penalties, the school will be forced to vacate wins in which “ineligible athletes” played between December 2010 and July 2014.
Louisville won its most recent national title in 2013.
A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
At the moment, it’s unclear which players were considered “ineligible.” But if any of the members of the 2013 national title team are on the list, the banner will be coming down.
In that case, there would be no 2013 national champion – at least not on the books.
The NCAA has given itself 45 days to release the games impacted. Louisville fans will have to wait in suspense.