Rick Pitino was not on the Louisville campus Tuesday to denounce the 2013 NCAA championship banner coming down, or the vacated wins, or the hundreds of thousands of dollars the school must pay for a sex scandal that involved prostitutes, strippers, recruits and players. Though he has been gone for months, the NCAA's decision to uphold the penalties handed down by the committee on infractions comes one step closer to closing the sordid, scandalous chapter that Pitino authored as Louisville basketball coach. There can be no other way to view his 16 years with the Cardinals, no matter how vehemently both he and his defenders scream that he has been vilified and misjudged. Pitino harmed Louisville in many ways, staining its reputation, triggering multiple investigations and now this: a national title and 2012 Final Four appearance stricken from the record books. A quick look back at his career there shows: Pitino's adulterous sex scandal; A sex scandal in the program that led the NCAA to vacate a college basketball title for the first time in history; A recruiting scandal that led to his departure, after an FBI investigation into bribery and fraud in college basketball implicated Louisville. Pitino has not once taken responsibility for the sex parties that happened during recruiting visits and drew the NCAA to investigate.
Louisville's fall always comes back to Rick Pitino
ESPN | Feb 20