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Louisville self-imposes more sanctions on basketball team

Rick Pitino

Louisville coach Rick Pitino shouts instructions to his team during the first half of its NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)


Louisville has self-imposed more penalties stemming from the investigation into the allegations made by Katina Powell in her book.

The school announced that they will be forfeiting two scholarships -- one each in 2017-18 and 2018-19 -- as well as implementing a number of recruiting restrictions. The staff will lose 30 recruiting days this spring and summer and will be docked an official visit in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“After much deliberation, the University believes that self-imposing these penalties is appropriate,” outside counsel Steve Thompson said in a release sent out by Louisville. “While the University could elect to wait until the infractions process is complete, those consulted agree that these penalties are consistent with NCAA legislation, and imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University’s goal of expediting resolution of this matter.”

These sanctions are not the result of any new information coming to light from the investigation. This is Louisville trying to get out in front of this thing in order to avoid the NCAA coming down on them with a sledgehammer.

And these sanctions, frankly, don’t mean all that much. The real question that needs to be answered is whether or not the NCAA is going to hand out another postseason ban.

Louisville self-imposed a ban for the 2016 postseason back in February.