Rick Pitino Suspended, Louisville on Probation

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Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino has received a five-game ACC suspension from the NCAA for his role in the Cardinals' prostitute/escort scandal. Pitino will miss the first five conference games of the 2017-18 season, while Louisville also received four years of probation.

The ruling from the NCAA Committee on Infractions is the culmination of an investigation that dated back to late August 2015, when Louisville was first informed of a book written by escort Katina Powell that alleged former basketball staffer Andre McGee paid for dances and sex on behalf of players and recruits.

Louisville must also vacate records in which three student-athletes involved competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014 and will have four scholarships reduced during its probationary period. 

The Cardinals won the NCAA national championship in 2013. There was no mention of whether that title would be vacated in the release from the NCAA.

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