Louisville is having a disastrous 2022-23 season in men’s basketball but there will be a celebration of sorts this Saturday as the school will honor the 2012-13 national championship team during their home matchup against Clemson. The festivities for the 10-year celebration for the team will include a banner being unveiled at the KFC Yum! Center.
The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact the Louisville was later forced to vacate the 2013 title and isn’t officially recognized by the NCAA. So how are they allowed to unveil a banner you might ask? Compromise.
A note to fans from Josh Heird about Saturday’s 2013 reunion pic.twitter.com/Vbxe3MDA4t— Mark Blankenbaker (@UofLSheriff50) February 13, 2023
That’s right, they will workaround the vacated title by acknowledging that they were No. 1 in the final coaches poll following that year’s NCAA Tournament. If you recall, Louisville was involved in a scandal involving then Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee arranging for sex workers to perform sexual acts for players and prospects. The scandal eventually led to the NCAA stripping Louisville of the 2013 title and the program self imposing sanctions that included the firing of former head coach Rick Pitino.