The Louisville Cardinals have decided to impose sanctions that will cause them to miss the 2016 NCAA March Madness Tournament. These self-reported sanctions are being done in order to receive a lesser penalty from the NCAA.
The college sports governing body is investigating the school for a book that came out last year that claims Katrina Powell. She alleges that she provided prurient benefits to Louisville recruits at the request of former assistant coach Andre McGee.
McGee is no longer at the school. Shortly after these claims came to light, McGee resigned for his assistant coaching job with the UAB Blazers.
The two that are impacted the most from this announcement are seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. Both graduate seniors came to the program in the summer in hopes of making the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
That will not happen now. They’ll end their careers never making the biggest college basketball event of the year.
They obviously had nothing to do with the charges, but they’re being punished like they are. The same with some of the players, who are presently on the roster.
While head coach Rick Pitino was emotional in the press conference, his future is up in the air now. He even said that the ‘system is broken.’
Some even believe that this could be Pitino’s final season because of the accusations. He even said that instead of punishing innocent players for wrongdoing of its employees and coaches, the NCAA should hand down monetary punishments.
That’ll be interesting, because the schools, who are normally punished, have millions in their annual budgets. Yet, causing them to miss the tournament also means that they’ll lose out on additional millions from their would-be cut of the money.
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