The NCAA Committee of Infractions announced its decision on Thursday regarding the investigation into actions that surrounded the program while Andre McGee served as the program's Director of Operations.
First discovered with the release of the book 'Cardinal Sins,' it was learned that McGee arranged for adult entertainment at Billy Minardi Hall on the University of Louisville campus where the basketball players live.
The school took initial steps to self-impose, including the reduction of two scholarships and banning itself from participating in the NCAA tournament following the 2015-16 season. The Committee of Infractions announced with its decision that those prior punishments did not reach far enough.
Stating that McGee "created an environment that has no place on a college campus," the committee added that the "panel determined the previous structure was more lenient" and added the following measures:
- Public reprimand and censure for the university.
- Four years of probation from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2021.
- A suspension from the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season for the head coach. During the suspension, the head coach may not be present in the arena where the games are played and have no contact with the student-athletes or members of his coaching staff. The head coach also may not participate in any activities including, but not limited to, team travel, practice, video study and team meetings.
- A 10-year show-cause period for the former operations director from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2027. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the former coach must restrict him from holding any athletically related duties and from having any contact with prospects and their families.
- A one-year show-cause order for the former program assistant from June 15, 2017, through June 14, 2018. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him can schedule an appearance before a panel of the COI to determine whether he should be subject to show-cause provisions.
- A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
- A reduction in men’s basketball scholarships by two during the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university). Additionally, the university must reduce men’s basketball scholarships by four over the probation period. The university may take the reductions during any year of that period.
- A prohibition of men’s basketball coaching travel during the April 2016 recruiting period, which resulted in a reduction of men’s basketball recruiting opportunities by 30 (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction of recruiting travel during the July 2016 recruiting period by six days (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction in the number of men’s basketball official visits to a total of 10 during the 2015-16 year. Additionally, the university will have no more than a total of 16 visits during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 years (self-imposed by the university).
- During the probation period, men’s basketball prospects on unofficial visits may not stay overnight in any campus dorms or school-owned property.
- A disassociation of the former operations director (self-imposed by the university). The public decision describes the details of his disassociation.
- A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university). The university must also return to the NCAA the money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships. Future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA.
- A postseason ban for the men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season (self-imposed by the university).
The NCAA will hold a press with the school at U of L at noon. It will be followed by a press conference with university of Louisville Interim President Dr. Greg Postel, Vice President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino at approximately 12:30 p.m.