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Louisville president to resign; was NCAA investigation a factor?


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In a fairly shocking move this morning, Matt Bevin, the Governor of Kentucky, announced that University of Louisville President James Ramsey will be vacating his post.

The goal, Bevin said, is to give the University “a fresh start.” Ramsey, who was hired in 2002, is expected to step down by the end of June, but the exact date is not yet known.

Bevin will also be reorganizing the Board of Trustees for the University.

There have been a number of issues with the school in recent years, as detailed by the Louisville Courier-Journal:

“Over the past two years, his leadership came under attack as the university dealt with embezzlement scandals and other embarrassments, including an FBI investigation of its top health care executive and an NCAA investigation of allegations that men’s basketball players and recruits were provided dancers and prostitutes. The university also has been criticized for offering buyouts to top officials in exchange for their silence, and Ramsey’s compensation has been questioned.”

Bevin said that this decision was motivated by academics, not athletics.

Rick Pitino has said that the investigation into the escort scandal is over, but the school has yet to receive a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA.