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U of L fans say additional sanctions not fair to future players

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Office of the President has issued a statement that the University of Louisville is adding more penalties to its men's basketball program even after the post season ban.

The big issue with fans is they believe it puts the blame on the wrong people who had nothing to do with the alleged sex scandal.

With every win and every loss, U of L basketball fans have stood behind the Cards. But for some people standing behind the school's leadership has become increasingly more difficult.

“I think they're dealing with it the wrong way,” said U of L senior Jacob Scearce.

The school is taking away a total of two basketball scholarships through 2019. The number of days coaches can recruit players has also decreased by 30 days and school visits by prospective players have been reduced by two.

“I think the additional bans are really just going to hurt the future players,” Michael Brooks said.

“Anytime you start messing with scholarships and recruiting and things like that it's going to scare people away and potentially top recruits away,” said U of L senior Andrew Risher.

“You know maybe Rick Pitino or the athletic director should take some heat, some harder heat instead of the players you know with the scholarships being cut and things like that,” Scearce said.

The additional penalties come after a self-imposed post season ban.

“It's just kind of disappointing that we keep doing it to ourselves. It kind of makes it look like the university is guilty when nothings really been found yet,” Risher said.

The NCAA is currently investigating a basketball sex scandal detailed in the book Breaking Cardinal Rules.

In the statement Steve Thompson, counsel to U of L says "Imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University's goal of expediting resolution of this matter."

But fans are still outraged the wrong people are facing the consequences.

“You can't punish players right that didn't have anything to do with it,” Scearce said.

The statement from the university also says the athletic program is working on implementing more ways to improve the oversight of the men's basketball program.

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