Former Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino is still searching for the right opportunity to get back into coaching after investigations by the NCAA and FBI stacked on top of each other resulted in his firing last October.
Months after the FBI investigation into an alleged pay-for-play scandal led to Pitino’s demise, the NCAA upheld a 2017 decision to vacate Louisville’s 2013 national title and 123 victories because of the school’s claimed involvement in a sex scandal.
However, Pitino thinks the 2013 championship banner will be raised again at some point in the KFC Yum! Center.
“I still believe that banner will be reinstalled and put back once the NCAA comes to its senses,” Pitino said, according to Howie Lindsey on 790 WKRD Thursday morning.
Louisville has taken a position firmly opposed to the NCAA’s ruling, claiming that self-imposed sanctions and an admission of guilt should have been factored into the severity of the punishment. However, having already lost an appeal, it’s difficult to see what avenues Louisville might have at its disposal to reclaim the title.
The university could take the NCAA to court, but with looming legal battles coming in conjunction with the FBI investigation and resulting firings, that could spread its legal team thin. Inevitably, Louisville fans always will remember the 2012-13 team as national champions.