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What started as a minor controversy has now come to a nightmare for the University of Louisville.

On Friday, the University of Louisville put a self-imposed ban from the upcoming NCAA tournament in March. This decision comes in light of a NCAA investigation into a recruiting scandal.

Head Coach Rick Pitino addressed his players an hour before a news conference broke the story. It was mentioned that players cried during the meeting and Pitino did not hold back when addressing the media on the decision. “It’s never easy for the people who don’t deserve it,” Pitino said. “This is not a team that wasn’t going to make the tournament. This is a team that is very much favored to go very far in the tournament.” Star backcourt players Trey Lewis and Damion Lee commented on the decision as well. “We don’t deserve this. The team doesn’t deserve this,” said an emotional Lewis. Lee added, “None of us really expected this happening today.” No doubt Pitino and Co. will go forward with the remaining games this season bitter at the thought of all their work gone in a matter of a day.

The NCAA is investigating if recruits were lured to Louisville by means of an escorting service. A 2014 book published by former self-described escort Katina Powell, states that Andre McGee, a Louisville men’s basketball staff member, hired a service to strip and have sex with players and recruits at a on-campus dorm. Powell alleges she brought around two dozen women to Louisville from 2010 to 2014 who were paid to perform for the players. Even Louisville players came out and backed the claim.

No current players have been implicated in the scandal but a question must be raised? What did the NCAA find that forced Louisville to make such a heartbreaking decision during a fantastic season? If this is only what has come of the investigation so far, going down the road it can only get worse. Recruiting could take a massive hit in the aftermath of this investigation. Should all these allegations come to truth, NCAA could apply heavy sanctions against Louisville that could hinder their NCAA tournament hopes and roster talent for the next few years.

 

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