Louisville Issues Self-Imposed Post-Season Ban
Color Rick Pitino as shocked as the rest of the college basketball world. The Louisville coach was as surprised as anyone upon learning that the Louisville Cardinal would be issuing a self-imposed post-season ban for the basketball team for the 2015-16 season.
It’s a shocking development for two key reasons: first because of what brought us to this point, and secondly because the Cardinal had raced out to a stellar 18-4 start. A legit threat in the ACC and a potential title contender, the Cardinal now technically have nothing to play for, as no matter what they accomplish during the regular season, they will not be participating in March Madness.
Pitino expressed utter shocker, suggesting that the ban was “substantial” given how much success this year’s team has already enjoyed. Pitino also admitted it as a “complete shock” to learn or the self-imposed suspension.
It’s a bigger heartbreak for the players, specifically the seniors that were hoping to chase down a title as they put the finishing touches on their college basketball careers.
Something had to be done for past mistakes, however, as the University of Louisville decided a sex and drug scandal involving former team assistant Andre McGee wasn’t something that could be swept under the rug. Allegations by Katina Powell, a former escort that claimed to have exchanged sexual services for money with Louisville players from 2010-2014, sparked the scandal investigation. Pitino denied any knowledge of the scandal, but the university ultimately decided the allegations were severe and credible enough to take action.
The news is a bummer for the sports betting world, as well, as it is now going to be tough to gauge Louisville as a team, knowing they have nothing to play for beyond the regular season. That could shift the power in the ACC, and it could also take some of the air out of some of the huge ACC battles remaining on the schedule. Did Louisville just become a risky bet going forward due to serious deflation? It’s possible, while the NCAA tournament itself naturally only opens up a little bit more with one very strong team now officially out of the running.
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