"We believe the NCAA is simply wrong to have made this decision", Louisville interim president Gregory Postel said during a press conference shortly after the ruling was announced.
Postel said within NCAA there is no further opportunity for appeal. Postel also said he and Interim Athletic Director Vince Tyra felt like the NCAA had its mind made up and never really listened to their argument.
ESPN's Rece Davis has a problem with the NCAA's punishment of vacating games and championships.
While the NCAA accepted Louisville's actions, it went further with harsher sanctions last June that included: - A five-game suspension of former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, who was sacked in October following Louisville's acknowledgement that it was being investigated in a federal bribery probe of college basketball.
The decision by the governing body's Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations.
The Cardinals will become the first NCAA Division I men's basketball program to vacate a national title in the Final Four era.
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A lot changed at Louisville in the months following the NCAA penalties.
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. McGee was given a 10-year show-cause penalty, while former graduate assistant Brandon Williams was given a one-year show cause penalty.
The NCAA decision is unrelated to an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation corruption probe of college basketball programs including Louisville, which led to the firing of coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich in October.
David Padgett has been serving as Louisville's acting head coach since Pitino's departure.
The FBI said telephone records show Gatto spoke directly with an unnamed Louisville coach multiple times in the days before Bowen committed to play for the Cardinals.
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Jay Bilas on October 19, Pitino said he takes "full responsibility" for any staff member he hires but also emphasized that he thoroughly vetted his assistant coaches.
Not long after, Pitino was ousted by the university - but not before filing a wrongful termination lawsuit.