Louisville meets with NCAA to appeal basketball sanctions

In this  Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y. Rick Pitino has sued the school's University of Athletic Association for $38.7 million, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The former Cardinals coach says the ULAA breached his contract by placing him on unpaid administrative leave without notice and firing him last month with no legally justified “cause.” Pitino's lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court seeks liquidated contract damages of $4.307 million through 2026. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville officials are meeting with the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee to appeal sanctions from a sex scandal that could include vacation of the 2013 men’s basketball championship.

University spokesman John Karman confirmed Wednesday’s hearing in Atlanta with the Appeals Committee, with a decision expected by February. The NCAA in June placed the school on four years’ probation and ordered vacation of up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title. Those penalties followed an investigation into an escort’s allegations that former Cardinals basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits.

Louisville said the penalties are ”grossly excessive” in its October response to the infractions appeal committee. The university also said the infractions committee didn’t follow precedent and had never imposed penalties where student-athletes weren’t culpable for misconduct.

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