The University of Louisville imposes a post season ban!!!
February 5, 2016
(Louisville KY) The University of Louisville announced on Friday a self-imposed postseason ban on its men’s basketball team for the 2015-16 campaign after multiple sources told The Courier-Journal that such a decision was coming.
The school informed the team’s players in a meeting early Friday afternoon and held a press conference at 1:30 p.m. to announce the decision.
Coach Rick Pitino said the team stood up and hugged graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who came to U of L to play their final college season and pursue their first NCAA tournament bid.
“They were hit over the head with a sledgehammer,” Pitino said.
The decision comes as the NCAA continues to investigate a woman’s claims that she and other escorts were paid thousands of dollars and given game tickets in exchange for dancing for and having sex with U of L basketball players and recruits from 2010-14. The NCAA could still levy further sanctions on U of L despite the self-imposed penalty.
It is a significant blow to Pitino and his current team, which has an 18-4 record and is in second place in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference. Louisville, ranked 19th in the latest AP poll, had high hopes for deep runs in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
“We knew we had a special group,” Pitino said. “I knew they had great promise.”
Reached Friday, Lee’s mother, Michelle Riddick, declined to comment. She said in December that there’s “nothing we can do about” the ongoing investigations.
“We’d like to see my son play in the tournament,” she said. “We can’t stress ourselves over what ifs or what might happen.”