"The violations in the case resulted in some men's basketball student-athletes competing while ineligible", the NCAA explained in its announcement Tuesday, later adding: "The appeals committee stated when student-athletes participate while ineligible, these types of penalties are appropriate".
At the time the penalties were announced, Postel said in a statement that the NCAA penalties "went beyond what we consider to be fair and reasonable".
As member station WFPL reports, "the university must also return money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances" in the NCAA tournament each of those years.
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The NCAA's decision essentially denied in full the UofL's appeal of the sanctions. Now, according to the NCAA, they have only two championships (1980, 1986). "It's not like that never happened".
"With the NCAA", Tyra said, "their bylaws seem to be guidelines, and there's great discretion on the guidelines".
The school's own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban almost two years ago. But the NCAA committee on infractions ruled that Pitino violated NCAA head-coach responsibility rules by failing to monitor McGee's activities. Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.
The NCAA's decision is unrelated to an ongoing FBI corruption investigation of college basketball programs, including Louisville, which led to the firing in October of coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich, both of whom held their positions at the time of the escort scandal. A lot changed at Louisville in the months following the NCAA penalties.
Tyra said he will address the current men's basketball team at practice on Tuesday. We won those games.