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Louisville Basketball: Rick Pitino Hit With 5-Game ACC Ban

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Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will watch the first five games of the Cardinals’ conference schedule from home.

As part of a number of penalties levied by the NCAA, Pitino has been suspended for the first five ACC games of the schedule for failing to realize improper behavior conducted by one of his staffers.

On Thursday,  Sports Illustrated reported the sweeping sanctions that Louisville will be facing moving forward.

Louisville has been facing an NCAA investigation prompted by claims that former staffer Andre McGee hired strippers to dance for prospective basketball players. Of course, if you watched He Got Game, you already knew this was going on.

Pitino’s suspension is relatively mild, amounting to little more than a slap on the wrist.

The program was hit with more debilitating penalties and sanctions as a result of the investigation. They include a four-year probation period for the program, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions and a $5,000 fine. They’ll also be forced to vacate any wins that were played while players were ineligible between December 2010 and July 2014.

Louisville has 45 days to respond to the sanctions.

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