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Rick Pitino gets 5-game suspension for Louisville sex scandal, NCAA yet to rule on vacating 2013 title

Pitino will be suspended for five games to open ACC play this upcoming season.

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The NCAA has finally announced its punishment against Louisville men’s basketball after a sex scandal that first surfaced in 2015 alleging the program "paid escorts to dance for and have sex with players and recruits.”

Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be suspended for the first five games of the 2017-18 ACC basketball schedule. The program also received four years of probation that will last until June 14, 2021. During that time, Louisville basketball will also lose one scholarship per season.

It’s also possible that Louisville will be stripped of its 2013 national championship banner. From the NCAA’s report:

• A vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible from December 2010 and July 2014. The university will provide a written report containing the games impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.

Pitino's penalty follows a recent trend of future Hall of Fame coaches who have been suspended by the NCAA. Larry Brown, Jim Boeheim, and Jim Calhoun have also been suspended over the last decade.

The school plans on appealing the penalties:

Pitino chimed in, as well:

We’ll update this story as it develops.