Rick Pitino suspended by NCAA and men’s basketball placed on four-year probation • The Louisville Cardinal – Kentucky News

Rick Pitino suspended by NCAA and men’s basketball placed on four-year probation • The Louisville Cardinal – Kentucky News

By Dalton Ray–

The NCAA has suspended men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino for the first five ACC games of the 2017-2018 season and placed the program on a four-year probation. The sanctions result for their investigation into the sex scandal brought to national attention by Katina Powell’s book ‘Breaking Cardinal Rules’ in the fall of 2015.

U of L is also facing vacation of basketball records in which ineligible student-athletes competed while from December 2010 to July 2014.

“The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted (by the vacation of records),” the NCAA’s release said, “to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.”

The NCAA not discussing the games impacted at this moment — which wins will or will not be taken away — is because of “standard practice.”

Louisville faces a reduction in scholarships and recruiting restrictions during probation, a $5,000 fine and return money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012 to 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.

Interim President Greg Postel said the university will appeal the decision handed down by the NCAA.

“The entire U of L community is saddened by what took place. It never should have happened, and that is why the school acted to severely penalize itself in 2016,” Postel’s statement said. “Today, however, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable. We intend to appeal all aspects of the penalties.

“The person responsible for these activities,…

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