Louisville calls NCAA penalties 'draconian' in appeal

Louisville calls NCAA penalties for men's basketball 'draconian'

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The University of Louisville calls the NCAA Committee on Infractions' punishments for the men's basketball program "draconian" in its appeal submission.

This appeal comes almost two months after the NCAA Committee on Infractions made its official ruling against Louisville, which said the men's basketball program must vacate 123 wins, the 2012 Final Four appearance and the 2013 national championship.

According to the appeal, Louisville "fully agrees ... that McGee committed egregious misconduct" and "does not dispute in the slightest that his actions warranted serious penalties" for both himself and the university.

The committee also ruled that McGee acted unethically when he arranged for women to strip and engage in sex acts with 17 recruits and/or student-athletes, two nonscholastic basketball team coaches and a friend of one prospect, and when he did not cooperate with the investigation.

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Those self-imposed sanctions included a 2016 postseason ban and recruiting restrictions. Coach Rick Pitino was also suspended for five conference games.

Louisville's appeal cited bylaws which provide that the COI "may" vacate victories and require forfeiture of revenues upon determining that a student-athlete competed while ineligible. The player's "eligibility restored without any loss of competition".

"Imposing those penalties here would be grossly disproportionate to the conduct alleged to have rendered the student-athletes ineligible". U of L did not appeal other penalties handed down by the NCAA.

The NCAA said in its report that Pitino "delegated responsibility for monitoring the former operations director to his assistant coaches, who later stated they were unaware it was their job".

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Friday, the university made public its appeal, filed earlier this week, contesting penalties levied in June by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

UofL admits Andre McGee was wrong to do what he did but then says the NCAA abused its discretion by punishing the school in such a harsh manner.

UofL asks that the COI's vacation and financial penalties should be reversed, and at the minimum, that penalties imposed in connection with the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 be reversed.

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