A short history of recent scandals hitting UofL men’s basketball


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The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has been under a harsh glare from recent scandals. Here is a timeline:

September 2017

Federal prosecutors in New York announced 10 indictments Tuesday morning involving a nationwide FBI sting probing fraud and corruption at NCAA men’s basketball programs. University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel confirmed Tuesday afternoon that its men’s basketball program is involved.

June 2017

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted to limit its appeal to the two harshest penalties handed down by the NCAA infractions committee against the men’s basketball program, while head coach Rick Pitino would have to appeal his five-game suspension from conference play in the coming season on his own.

June 2017

The NCAA infractions committee dropped heavy penalties on the University of Louisville basketball program, which must vacate an unspecified number of wins from 2010 to 2014, including its national championship victory in 2013.

October 2016

The NCAA delivered its notice of allegations to the University of Louisville following its investigation into the escort scandal that rocked its men’s basketball program last year.

February 2016

The University of Louisville announced a self-imposed postseason ban on its men’s basketball team, citing the investigation into allegations that the school’s former director of basketball operations provided prostitutes for players and recruits.

October 2015

Yahoo reported that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed that the school was investigating the explosive claims made in a book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” by Katina Powell.

August 2009

Coach Rick Pitino tells police he had consensual sex with the woman who was charged (and later convicted) with trying to extort him, ESPN and other outlets reported.