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Louisville can bring up Penn State when appealing NCAA penalties

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For those who have the stomach to read the NCAA’s report on what happened with the Louisville men’s basketball program between 2010 and 2014, put your head on a swivel. One’s head will instinctively shake. It is a detailed account of strippers, prostitutes and teenagers all in the name of luring them to play basketball for the Louisville Cardinals and Coach Rick Pitino. The Committee on Infractions panel presented a meticulous case against those involved and why Pitino bears  responsibility,…

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Final Four coaches learned under some of the greats

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The Final Four often brings at least one young head coach to the big stage for the first time. Some recent examples include Brad Stevens, who brought Butler to a surprising appearance in the title game in 2010 at the age of 33. Shaka Smart, also 33, led Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) to the Final Four in 2011. In 2000, Billy Donovan, then only 34, took the Florida Gators to the championship game. This year, all four coaches are seasoned veterans.…

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Can Rick Pitino survive Louisville recruiting scandal?

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Rick Pitino has shown himself to be one of college basketball’s finest coaches. With two national titles and seven Final Four appearances, Pitino is in the upper echelon of his profession. Most of that success came in the state of Kentucky. Of his 722 career wins, 587 came while leading either the Kentucky Wildcats or now their arch-rival Louisville Cardinals. He won an NCAA title at both schools. With basketball practice fully underway, talk of Louisville’s first game against Bellarmine should…

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