One of Miami’s ACC basketball rivals is in hot water.
The NCAA on Thursday hit Louisville with penalties including the vacation of games, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, probation, fines and a suspension for coach Rick Pitino, stemming from a sex scandal under his watch.
Pitino, who has long been a part-time Miami resident and the Cardinals’ coach since 2001, will sit the first five games of the ACC season.
The NCAA also put U of L basketball on four years’ probation, gave former operations director Andre McGee a 10-year show-cause penalty, and fined the program $5,000.
According to the Associated Press:
The long-awaited announcement reiterated the NCAA’s original view that Pitino should have known about McGee’s activities with former escort Katina Powell. She alleged in a 2015 book that McGee had hired her and other escorts to strip and have sex with Louisville recruits and players.
Powell alleged that McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows at the Cardinals’ dormitory from 2010-14, a period that includes their NCAA title run.
The Cardinals were 121-31 in that time, winning three conference titles, making four straight NCAA Tournaments, two Final Fours and winning it all in 2013. Pitino is 416-143 at Louisville, steering the program from Conference USA to the Big East to American Athletic Conference and in 2014, the ACC.
Pitino, who turns 65 in September, is 770-271 in a career that dates to 1975. He has made college stops at Hawaii, Boston University, Providence, Kentucky and Louisville. He has also been the coach of the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
He is fourth among active Division I coaches in wins, behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (1,071), Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (1,004) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams (816), all of whom coach in the ACC. Miami’s Jim Larranaga (581) is fifth among ACC coaches and 12th overall.
Other Louisville penalties, per the AP:
The program also must reduce scholarships by four during its four-year probation. The school had self-imposed a reduction of two scholarships for 2016-17.
Louisville will be allowed no more than 16 official visits during the 2017-18 school year.
Prospects on unofficial visits won’t be allowed to spend the night in any campus dorms or school-owned property while Louisville’s on probation.
The NCAA wants Louisville to vacate records for any games “in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014.”
The NCAA says Louisville must provide a written report within 45 days detailing which games were impacted.
Miami will host Louisville during ACC play this season, on a date yet to be announced. If recent history is any indication, Pitino will coach in that game. The last four Canes-Cards games, spanning three seasons, have been in February. His five-game suspension would likely end the third week of January.
The ACC typically releases conference schedules in early September. Click here for a look at UM’s non-conference schedule.
Miami’s other home ACC opponents this year, if you’re wondering:
FSU, Virginia Tech, Pitt and Boston College (home and away), Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse (home only).
UM travels to Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Notre Dame.