LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) – UofL announced on April 6 they will be adding additional sanctions to their self-imposed ban from February.
The University has elected to self-impose certain penalties in the men’s basketball program, including reductions in the number of future scholarship awards, recruiting opportunities and official visits. This is in addition to the post-season ban previously announced, self-imposed penalties will include: reducing by two the number of scholarships awarded in men’s basketball, (one in 2017-18, and one in 2018-19); reducing recruiting opportunities immediately in men’s basketball (days coaching staff may recruit) by 30 (approximately a 24% reduction); and reducing official visits in men’s basketball by two (one in 2016-17, and one in 2017-18).
UofL coach Rick Pitino told WHAS11's Terry Meiners “Scholarship reductions and limited visits hurt us, but we have to tough it out."
This stems from an early October report that former UofL Assistant Coach Andre McGee hired escorts to entice potential basketball recruits between 2010 and 2014.
Self-proclaimed madam Katina Powell, who allegedly supplied the escorts, wrote an Amazon bestseller book about the incident titled Breaking Cardinal Rules.
The investigation is on-going but the University has elected to self-impose certain penalties consistent with NCAA legislation, including withholding the men’s basketball program from post-season competition in 2016.
UofL said the decision to impose these penalties was difficult but was reached through a collaborative process.
A spokesperson for Board of Trustees' Chairman Larry Benz released the following statement:
“I am fully supportive of the decision and the deliberative and collaborative way it was determined. The press release provides a complete explanation. As Chair of BOT, I also appreciate the discussion and briefing I received in advance of the public release.”