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CRAWFORD | U of L files NCAA appeal -- asks that 'unjust' and 'disproportionate' penalties be overturned

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The University of Louisville began its appeal to the NCAA’s penalties for its men’s basketball program by agreeing that the violations were “reprehensible and inexcusable” and added that “the university is deeply embarrassed and apologizes to all these young men and the entire community for these events.”

From there, U of L blasted away at penalties handed down by the NCAA’s committee on infractions, namely the vacating of several seasons worth of victories – including two Final Four appearances and the 2013 NCAA championship -- and the forfeiture of NCAA tournament money earned during those seasons. WDRB obtained the 68-page appeal today through an open records request. Men's basketball coach Rick Pitino filed his NCAA appeal separately.

U of L's appeal calls the NCAA penalties, “unjust and grossly disproportionate,” and asks the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee to overturn the vacating of wins and financial penalties. U of L did not appeal other penalties handed down by the NCAA.

U of L, in the appeal, argued that the committee on infractions ignored the school’s cooperative efforts and self-imposed sanctions. It also argued that the committee failed to support its imposition of financial penalties.

Finally, U of L says that the NCAA erred in vacating wins from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, arguing, “None of (redacted) student-athletes who competed in these seasons after allegedly attending (Andre) McGee’s events was properly deemed ineligible.”

It argues that several players received benefits below the NCAA’s restitution threshold, and another is shielded by the committee on infractions’ grant of limited immunity.

“Furthermore,” the appeal goes on, “not one student who later competed in 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons engaged in a sex act. Even if these student-athletes were technically ineligible, they would unquestionably have been reinstated. If nothing else, the IAC should reverse the COI’s decision to erase these two seasons of play in their entirety.”

U of L has requested an in-person hearing in front of the appeals board. Before that, the NCAA’s committee on infractions has 30 days to respond to U of L’s report.

Below is the full 68-page appeal:


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