NCAA President Mark Emmert was served a civil summons by the lawyers of former Louisville Cardinals players who are looking to restore the 2013 national title.
According to Jason Riley, the summons was served on July 16 and the governing body’s most important man has 20 days to mount a defense before it automatically falls into a defaulted judgement. It is not yet known exactly what that would mean, but Louisville fans will likely hope it results in the 2013 season being restored in full.
Players involved in the suit are Luke Hancock, Gorgui Dieng, Tim Henderson, Mike Marra and Stephan Van Treese.
It is worth noting that this does somehow involve Rick Pitino, but not as a participating party, but with the players’ lawyers invoking the recently banished coach’s name in a press conference.
“We’re here to get (Rick) Pitino’s championship back,” said John Morgan, who heads of the personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan. “But more than that, we’re here to get these players’ good names back.”
The lawsuit filed by claims players, “did not engage in striptease dances, prostitution and tipping of strippers as implied.”
Morgan used the press conference on Thursday to bash the NCAA as a whole as well.
“The NCAA is a giant. But the NCAA is also a morally bankrupt organization who for years, and years, and years has taken advantage of economically disadvantaged young people throughout our country,” he said.
This all stems from the governing body of college sports not stripping Louisville as sometimes of bizzaro lifetime achievement award for Pitino, but on allegations over stripper parties and escorts from 2010-14.
“Despite no wrongdoing or improper conduct by the Plaintiffs’ the NCAA, without just cause, vacated, removed or otherwise impaired the Plaintiffs’ wins, championships and individual honors, awards and recognitions,” according to the suit.
It is worth noting the Louisville, as a university or even as just a basketball program, is not involved with the lawsuit.
A copy of the lawsuit document can be found here (PDF): Lawsuit Documents
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