LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The NCAA has upheld its sanctions against the University of Louisville.
Three National Championship banners hang from the rafters at the KFC Yum! Center, the home of the University of Louisville men's basketball team, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return some $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
The University of Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball national championship as a result of the sanctions.
Interim president Greg Postel disagreed with the ruling when announcing the sanctions in a Tuesday afternoon news conference. The NCAA says it did not exceed its boundaries when upholding its punishment.
Louisville had announced in December it would appeal NCAA sanctions from a sex scandal. The NCAA investigated an escort's allegations that a former staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.
The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories and return millions in conference revenue that it received from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.
No longer will there be a 2013 NCAA men’s basketball National Champion. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I do believe that is the 1st championship team ever forced to vacate the title. Sad day for UofL, but the punishment is deserved.— Brian Milam (@brianwkyt) February 20, 2018
Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino held a news conference Wednesday following the university's announcement.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.