Major news to report on this Friday afternoon as the University of Louisville will announce a self-imposed postseason ban for the men’s basketball team.
The ban will be in place for this season.
THIS JUST IN: Louisville will announce a self-imposed postseason ban for its men's basketball team for this season. (via multiple reports)
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The ban will come because of apparent violations related to the prostitution scandal surrounding head coach Rick Pitino, team staff members and players. The NCAA investigation began in October, but the program wanted to jump out ahead of the NCAA sanctions by imposing there own.
During the school’s press conference to announce the ban, Pitino referred to the punishment as one of the harshest he’s ever seen. He added, however, that he’s a “soldier” who will support his bosses. As far as the two fifth-year seniors who transferred to Louisville for a chance at a national title — Damion Lee and Trey Lewis — Pitino said the entire team hugged the two players as they cried after being informed of the news.
There wasn’t much else the school could say due to an NCAA investigation still ongoing.
The Cardinals are 18-4, and currently ranked No. 19 in the nation.
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