It is the first time in modern Division I men's basketball history that a championship was vacated. The favored, No. 1 seed Louisville Cardinals pulled away late to top the upstart No. 4 seed Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in a game that featured a bunch of noteworthy young players: Tim Hardaway, Jr., Glenn Robinson III, Caris LeVert, Russ Smith, Mitch McGary, Montrezl Harrell, Nik Stauskas, Trey Burke, and Gorgui Dieng.
The basketball championship won by coach Rick Pitino's 2013 team was stripped from Louisville by the NCAA in the wake of a sex scandal that has rocked the school for two years.
On Tuesday, the governing body announced the appeal has been rejected, according to ESPN.
"In its review of the case, the appeals committee found that because of the serious and intentional violations with direct involvement of a university staff member, the Committee on Infractions panel was within its legislated authority to prescribe the vacation of records and financial penalty", the NCAA stated. "And we made a strong case - based on NCAA precedent - that supported our argument".
Hell yes, MI should get to hang a national title banner now that Louisville has to take down theirs.
Greg Postel, the university's interim president, said the Kentucky school disagreed with the decision but it was time to turn the page.
The NCAA penalties, which were announced on June 15, included the vacation of basketball records in which ineligible student-athletes competed from 2011 to 2015.
Rick Pitino, the coach at the time, denied any knowledge of the situation, but was sacked for recruiting violations in October. The decision is the culmination of the NCAA's investigation that followed allegations in a 2015 book by escort Katina Powell that former Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits.
The school's own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban almost two years ago.
"Under the NCAA's own rules, this cooperation should have been a factor in the severity of the punishment".
In June of 2017, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions found McGee guilty of major violations and handed him a 10-year show cause order effectively banning his employment by any NCAA institution. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and former AD Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people.