Pitino gets 5-game ban for Louisville sex scandal

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Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino received a five-game suspension as part of discipline from the NCAA on Thursday regarding a sex scandal that engulfed the men’s basketball program.

A former men’s basketball staffer is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits.

The school met with the governing body in April and is hearing about its penalties from the Committee on Infractions on Thursday. Louisville is alleged to have committed four violations, with Pitino accused of failing to monitor former assistant Andre McGee. The Hall of Fame coach and the school vowed to fight that allegation.

Louisville self-imposed several sanctions last year, including a postseason ban along with reducing scholarships and recruiting visits by assistant coaches. The NCAA could accept those measures or add penalties, including a possible suspension of Pitino.

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