WAVE 3 News Editorial - February 9, 2016: Cardinal Punishment - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 News Editorial - February 9, 2016: Cardinal Punishment

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The abrupt self-imposed post season ban of the University of Louisville men's basketball team that was leading the ACC conference, left fans, players, coaches, administrators, and area businesses frustrated, especially by the timing.

You would think the punishment must fit the crime or it wouldn't have been made. But it is hard to know that when the NCAA investigation is not complete.

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Perhaps cutting the number of scholarships in future seasons may have been a more appropriate self-inflicted penalty. It wouldn’t have penalized current team members not involved in this sordid mess.

The suddenness of the self-sanctions makes one question the process itself, led by the University President, who didn’t appear to engage the Athletic Director in the process, and definitely did not engage the head coach.

Maybe the agony won't be prolonged, the NCAA will make its ruling before next season begins, and we'll learn the violations don’t rise to the level of further major punishment.

Minimally we expect appropriate internal controls to make sure whatever transpired doesn’t again.

Disheartened University of Louisville sports fans may discover alternative options in March that may lessen their sorrows.

The women's basketball team is very capable of making a run to the NCAA Final Four. They've won 15 of their last 16 games, their lone loss a very close one to third ranked Notre Dame. 

The baseball team enters the season ranked second in the nation and could well win a national championship. 

The top 10 UofL men's and women's swimming and diving team could also win a national championship.

And the basketball team itself, may win the ACC regular season championship, in a conference that may be the best in the nation.

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