Louisville calls NCAA penalties 'draconian' in appeal
The University of Louisville claims that proposed NCAA penalties targeting the Cardinals basketball program are "draconian" and "grossly disproportionate."
Friday, the university made public its appeal, filed earlier this week, contesting penalties levied in June by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. Those penalties could force the basketball program to forfeit as many as 123 wins, the 2013 national championship and millions of dollars in shared NCAA Tournament revenue.
The penalties came after a 13-month investigation into allegations that a former basketball team staff member, Andre McGee, arranged for and even paid for women to do stripteases and have sex with Louisville recruits and players.
Louisville's appeal contends that penalties calling for the team to vacate its records are "unjust" and "grossly disproportionate," and don't take into account the self-imposed penalties the university already has served.
"The university fully agrees with the COI that McGee committed egregious misconduct," states the appeal's summary (via the Louisville Courier-Journal). "And it does not dispute in the slightest that his actions warranted serious penalties for McGee as well as the university.
"That is why the university banned its own highly ranked team from the 2015-16 NCAA Tournament, voluntarily forfeited multiple scholarships, restricted the team’s recruiting opportunities, disassociated McGee (and) student-athletes who had not cooperated with the investigation, and promptly paid a fine."
Louisville's appeal concedes it will accept several of the committee's proposed penalties, including the loss of four men's basketball scholarships in the next four years and a $5,000 fine.
From here, the NCAA's Committe on Infractions has 30 days to issue a response to Louisville's appeal, and the two sides will exchange more documents this fall before the appeals committee conducts a hearing on the matter.