LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With the University of Louisville under an NCAA investigation over allegations of providing dancers and prostitution for basketball players and recruits, many fans wonder what possible penalties the program could face. In recent years, it's not uncommon for universities to self-impose penalties, even before an NCAA investigation is completed.
A few recent examples:
The NCAA this year accepted the self-imposed penalties Oklahoma State submitted last year regarding its football program, but added one more. The NCAA found the Cowboys improperly used an all-female hosting group for recruits, although allegations of providing sexual favors weren't proven. OSU also was found to not correctly enforce its own drug-testing policy. The university self-imposed a reduction of recruiting evaluations and official visits with recruits. But the NCAA added one year of probation.
In March, the Syracuse University basketball program put itself on a one-year postseason ban for not following multiple policies, mostly over the handling of positive drug tests. But the NCAA slapped the program with a lot more than that, including an order to return all NCAA money from three NCAA basketball tournaments and the loss of three scholarships a year for four years. The penalties also included five years' probation.
In 2013, the NCAA upheld Iowa State's self-imposed two-year probation for what the school called "major" recruiting violations. In addition to the probation, the NCAA tacked on some limitations regarding contact with recruits, particularly official visits and phone calls.
Also in 2013, after a lengthy investigation, the NCAA accepted Miami's penalties of a two-year postseason ban for its football team (which it had already served in 2011 and 2012) and three more years of a total reduction of nine scholarships. The penalties were considered light by some observers, in part because the NCAA dropped the feared "lack of institutional control" tag on Miami for its involvement with booster Nevin Shapiro.
The University of Louisville may indeed come up with self-imposed penalties if it feels there's sufficient evidence to prove the sex-scandal allegations. But recent history shows the NCAA will have the final say regarding Final Fours, national titles and future postseason eligibility.