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Louisville receives limited punishment for NCAA violations under Rick Pitino

One of the last cases adjudicated in the IARP system finally gives the Cardinals their punishment for infractions from two head coaches ago.

Former UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino walks towards the federal courthouse in downtown Louisville Tuesday morning, Sept. 10, 2019. Matt Stone/Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Louisville has avoided major punishments in the IARP case, per Matt Norlander. He is reporting there will be no postseason ban. The school will pay a $5,000 fine, receive two years of probation, and receive a small reduction in recruiting days and two years of probation.

Rick Pitino and Chris Mack will not be punished. Former assistant coach Kenny Johnson received a two-year show-cause that will prohibit him from recruiting, which includes at his current employer Rhode Island. Another former assistant in Jordan Fair was also assessed a two-year show-cause.

The other minor punishments against the school, who already had imposed a postseason ban:

  • A $5,000 fine
  • A seven-day reduction in recruiting days
  • Two years of NCAA probation

No appeal is available to the Cardinals and whatever is resolved will need to be enforced. The original Notice of Allegations from the NCAA came in May 2020, and that included one Level I violation that goes to a “Lack of Institutional Control.” An amended NoA was sent in September of 2021 by the IARP, but only included additional Level II violations. Those were reduced to Level III infractions as part of the process, all occurring under the recently-fired Chris Mack, and stemming from former assistant Dino Gaudio’s extortion attempt.