LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the NCAA ruling in the Louisville basketball investigation (all times local):
Louisville coach Rick Pitino blasted the NCAA’s ruling and defended his program while saying he will continue to move forward “because that’s what leaders do.”
He put much of the blame on for the men’s basketball program’s sex scandal on former director of operations Andre McGee. He says leaders “ask for forgiveness for what happened, for what one of your employees did, you’re extremely contrite.”
Pitino says he plans on staying and “winning multiple national championships, not just one.”
The NCAA suspended Pitino for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games next season, gave Louisville four years of probation and put McGee on a 10 year show-cause penalty.
That means any school that wants to hire McGee must go before the NCAA and explain why it should do so without getting penalized.
The NCAA hasn’t vacated Louisville’s 2013 national title. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Cardinals are out of the woods.
The NCAA penalties against Louisville require the school to vacate records for any games “in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.”
During a conference call, NCAA officials said they hadn’t vacated any specific wins or titles at this point. NCAA officials instead said they want Louisville to…