Louisville appeals to reverse ‘excessive’ NCAA sanctions

Rick Pitino, Andre McGee
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2009, file photo Louisville coach Rick Pitino, left, talks with guard Andre McGee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Attorney Larry Wilder said Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, via text to The Associated Press that his client, Katina Powell, will meet with the NCAA as part of its investigation, one of four ongoing reviews launched since Powell alleged McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players' dormitory. Pitino has denied knowledge of the activities described in a book by Powell and has said he will not resign despite the firestorm that has followed since the book's online release on Oct. 3. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

(AP) — Louisville says in an appeal that the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions imposed “grossly excessive” penalties in ordering the vacation of its 2013 men’s basketball championship and tournament revenue for a sex scandal.

The NCAA in June placed Louisville on four years’ probation and ordered that it vacate up to 123 victories, including the 2013 title and 2012 Final Four appearance. Its decision followed an investigation into an escort’s book allegations that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers for sex parties with players and recruits from 2010-14.

Louisville’s Oct. 31 response to the Infractions Appeal Committee called the COI’s penalties “unfair” for seeking to wipe away players’ careers and vacating victories “because of the participation of a handful of student-athletes who did little wrong.”

Louisville’s appeal comes after the school’s acknowledgement in September that it’s been investigated in a federal corruption probe of the sport.