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UofL Loses NCAA Appeal

 

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Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.

This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.

Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.

While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.

I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.

The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.

Pitino Upset Over Papa John’s Comments

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Rick Pitino once said that when the time came it was time for him to move on from UofL, he would walk away quietly. With no surprise, that doesn’t seem to be the case. He has now came out and said that he didn’t feel he had support anymore at UofL and that Papa John’s comments hurt his feelings.

Pitino UofL For Breach Of Contract

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Today, former head coach Rick Pitino announced he will be suing the University of Louisville athletic association for a breach of contract. He is looking for over $35 Million. In a statement released through his lawyer he is claiming his contract was breached when he was suspended and ultimately fired. Jeff Greer with the Courier Journal helps break it down below.

Jay Bilas Interviews Rick Pitino

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In his first national appearance since the FBI scandal broke, Rick Pitino is sitting down with Jay Bilas. The interview will air at midnight on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

I Got Your Back: Part 2

Two weeks ago, the college basketball world was turned upside-down for a handful of schools. The FBI had uncovered 3 years of information into their investigation covering shoe companies, powerhouse division programs, and illegal benefits given to recruits. Some, like Arizona, Oklahoma State, USC, and Auburn, were named outright. Then, there were a few schools anonymously mentioned simply as “University 5” or “University 6”. Details were released about the anonymous schools, which led to speculation as to who those unnamed schools could be. “University 6” pretty obviously described the University of Louisville. We as fans knew that the description was frighteningly accurate,  and while some of us (myself included) didn’t want to face the reality until it was confirmed, deep down, we all knew our beloved university was in turmoil, once again.

As we waited for some source of credible confirmation, Twitter and Facebook feeds filled with assumptions and jumped-to conclusions. Rationally thinking, my thought process was, “no way would our program be that irresponsible to try something so obviously wrong while on probation.” None of it made sense, but the writing was on the wall. As more information came to light, it became more and more abundantly clear that the UofL basketball program had put itself into a hole that even an “I had no idea” statement couldn’t get them out of it. When it was confirmed that Louisville was in fact “University 6”, the next questions that needed to be answered were, “who?” and “why?”. No way would Rick Pitino allow this to happen after being so adamantly against the monopoly shoe companies had on College Basketball. Our team was already set to be a top-10 team, why would we risk all of this just to add one player? It didn’t make sense, and it still doesn’t.

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Pitino’s Contract To Be Terminated

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Today officially begins the end of the Pitino era. For better or for worse, the board unanimously voted to begin the process of terminating his contract. What do you think about this latest development?

Rick Pitino’s Letter Of Suspension

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Eric Crawford with WDRB released the letter that Rick Pitino received on Wednesday, notifying him of his suspension. You can see the full letter below.

Pitino Maintains His Innocence

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Rick Pitino had a brief phone call with the Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer, in which he continues to say he is an innocent bystander in the FBI’s investigation of bribery in college basketball. Pitino also mentions that he hopes this team wins the national championship and he loves them, and David Padgett. David was announced as the interim head coach on Friday evening. He also disclosed that he has left for Miami and plans on selling his house here in Louisville. You can read the full conversation below.

Dickie V’s Comments After Talk With Rick Pitino

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Dick Vitale has figured out how to use Periscope kind of and spoke on his good friend Rick Pitino. Today, he spoke to Rick Pitino, and Rick had some interesting things to say. With no surprise to anyone. Listen for yourself, and then let us know what you think.

Players Show Support For Pitino

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Some of the current and former players of the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team, have come forward to show the world what Rick Pitino meant to them.

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Rick Pitino Has Been Put On Administrative Leave

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Following yesterday’s news, Rick Pitino is no longer the head coach of the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. He has been placed on non-paid, administrative leave. The likelihood of his return, does not look high at this time.

Details Of Pitino’s Contract

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Eric Crawford with WDRB has laid out the contract details for Rick Pitino regarding what his future could look like.

Statement From Coach Rick Pitino

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Here’s a statement from Coach Rick Pitinos attorney Steve Pence:

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Men’s Basketball Tickets On Sale Now

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If you haven’t bought your tickets for the 2017/2018 UofL Men’s Basketball season, you still have time. Here is how to do so:

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Rick Pitino Comments On One And Done Rule

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Rick Pitino has never been shy to share his opinions on the one and done rule that the NCAA and NBA have put in place. It is just not for him. But Coach Pitino has met with Marty Smith with ESPN and mentions that he believes the one and done will be a thing of the past within the next two years. You can see the full interview below.