"In its review of the case, the appeals committee found that because of the serious and intentional violations with direct involvement of a university staff member, the Committee on Infractions panel was within its legislated authority to prescribe the vacation of records and financial penalty", the NCAA stated.
"It is important to note that a precedent for such a case does not exist, and the NCAA infractions committee has wide discretion as it determines penalties".
Refusing to change its mind, the NCAA ordered the Cards 2013 national championship banner down and all men's basketball victories from 2011-12 to the 2014-15 season, including the 2012 Final Four, vacated.
During Tuesday's news conference, Tyra said he does not feel the NCAA punishment is appropriate to Louisville. "It brings closure to one of these situations".
The scandal came to light in October 2015 when Katina Powell, a self-described "escort queen", released a book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules", about her arrangement with McGee that alleged she was paid $10,000 over four years to provide women to dance and have sex with Louisville players and recruits at a campus dormitory.
Louisville interim president Greg Postel said he believes the NCAA is "simply wrong". Rick Pitino, who coached the Cardinals at the time, has denied knowledge of these parties.
The NCAA penalties, which were announced on June 15, included the vacation of basketball records in which ineligible student-athletes competed from 2011 to 2015.
This includes the 2013 championship and an appearance the previous year in the tournament semi-finals known as the 'Final Four'.
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Postel said Tuesday that Louisville offered complete cooperation with the NCAA investigation in this matter and that the NCAA's own rules encourage cooperation with the inference that penalties might be mitigated. Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.
It's the first time in the NCAA's modern history that a Division I men's basketball national championship has been stripped from a school.
"The Committee on Infractions responded to the appeal by stating the penalties were appropriate due to the serious, intentional and numerous violations orchestrated by a university staff member for almost four years".
"Coach Pitino will make a statement tomorrow". Pitino was to have served a five-game suspension under the ruling.
This afternoon, the NCAA handed down its penalties to the University of Louisville.
"I'm gonna put all my faith in the appeals committee that they will do the right thing".
He instead called for more punishments like fines and show causes.
The escort scandal was only the beginning of Louisville's off-court troubles. It's obviously disappointing to the players, fans and Coach. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave and Jurich on paid administrative leave on September 27 following the school's involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that initially involved the arrests of 10 people. Pitino has not been charged, but he and Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich were fired in the wake of the allegations. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported past year that Pitino received 98 percent of the $39 million the Cardinals were owed from the sponsorship deal with Adidas. Pitino also sued the University of Louisville Athletics Association for breach of contract in federal court on November 30.
The university filed a countersuit against Pitino on December 13 for "wrongful conduct" and argued that he is financially responsible for damages caused by the recent scandals.