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Louisville to be notified of potential basketball program violations this week

(Icon Sportswire)

Andrew Wolfson and Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that the NCAA is expected to hand allegations down to the University of Louisville regarding violations made by its men’s basketball program.

The violations are in connection with the NCAA’s investigation of a self-proclaimed escort named Katrina Powell, who claimed that the school paid her and other escorts thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets in exchange for them providing recruits and players with sex and dancing. The games in question reportedly came between 2010 and 2014.

Louisville’s then-president James Ramsey imposed penalties on the school’s program as a result of the investigation, including restrictions on recruiting and the revocation of basketball scholarships over the course of two years. Ramsey also banned the program from postseason play.

The penalties to the program could include vacating wins during the period of time that the alleged acts took place. As a result, Louisville may be forced to vacate its 2013 National Championship if it is determined that players on that team received benefits.

The fate of head coach Rick Pitino could also come to the forefront if the NCAA was able to prove that Pitino was aware at the time of the incidents detailed in Powell’s book. He has since denied that he knew about what was allegedly taking place.

Upon being notified of the allegations, Louisville will have up to 90 days to respond to and dispute any findings. Wolfson and Greer report that a hearing on the case will likely not take place until some time in the spring of 2017.

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