In June, the NCAA moved to further penalize the Louisville Cardinals' men's basketball team in the wake of a sex scandal, dating back to October 2015, prompting an appeal where the Cardinals called the sanctions "draconian."
After Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban in February 2016, hoping to cushion NCAA sanctions, the NCAA waited more than a year to further punish the team.
In addition to suspending coach Rick Pitino for five ACC games next season, the NCAA also placed the school on a four-year probation and demanded a "vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014."
In its appeal, Louisville conceded the actions of Andre McGee, a staffer who conspired in a sex-for-cash arrangement with the escort in question in a Louisville dorm, but ultimately dismissed the rest of the claims and sanctions.
Louisville called McGee's actions "reprehensible and inexcusable," saying that he "engaged in a grotesque scheme of ethical misconduct."
In addition to the university appeal, Pitino also filed a separate appeal, but the the university reportedly doesn't possess it.
U of L says it is not in possession of Rick Pitino’s appeal to the NCAA.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) August 11, 2017
Despite the accusations criticizing Pitino's supervision in the incident, the university has backed the coach, who will enter his 17th year with the team.