The University of Louisville announced additional sanctions for its men's basketball on Wednesday afternoon via an emailed statement from school president Dr. James Ramsey.
Following its decision to self-impose a one-year ban on post season play due to the ongoing investigation in the basketball program, the school has added to its self-imposed penalties.
Per the official release, the 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).
In the statement, the University further confirmed that they are working closely with the NCAA during the investigation.
The University of Louisville continues to work collaboratively with the NCAA in the investigation of the University’s men’s basketball program. As a member of the NCAA, the University takes its responsibility for NCAA compliance seriously, and has cooperated with the NCAA in an effort to close this difficult chapter as soon as possible consistent with NCAA enforcement procedures. Under NCAA rules, the University is not able to discuss the investigation or the facts developed to date, but looks forward to doing so at the conclusion of the NCAA enforcement process.
Steve Thompson, counsel to the University, stated: “After much deliberation, the University believes that self-imposing these penalties is appropriate. While the University could elect to wait until the infractions process is complete, those consulted agree that these penalties are consistent with NCAA legislation, and imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University’s goal of expediting resolution of this matter.”
Cardinal Authority, which reported on the additional penalties earlier prior to the release, has confirmed through a source that no new information that has surfaced and that the staff had expected some of these and were "prepared."
Louisville is also expected to enact further oversight measures with its men's basketball program.
U of L is not commenting further on the situation.