Louisville self-imposes postseason ban


Louisville will self-impose a postseason ban for its men’s basketball program for the 2015-16 season. The school announced the sanctions in a Friday press conference.

As part of the post-season ban, the team will not participate in the 2016 ACC Tournament. It will be the second year in a row that only 14 teams participate in the conference tournament, as Syracuse did not participate in last year’s event after self-imposing a postseason ban of its own.

The NCAA opened an investigation into Louisville’s progam in the fall after a woman alleged that she and other women were paid to have sex with players and recruits from 2010 to 2014.

Since the Cardinals hired head coach Rick Pitino in 2002, the team has made the NCAA tournament 12 times in 13 years. That stretch includes three Final Four appearances and a national championship in 2013.

Louisville currently holds an 18-4 record, including a 7-2 mark in ACC play. The Cardinals defeated No. 2 North Carolina on Monday and are second in the league standings.