"History of violations" could land Louisville in serious trouble

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[caption id="attachment_352626" align="alignnone" width="1024"]Chris Mack - Dino Guadio (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)[/caption] Will Dino Gaudio's extortion attempt land Louisville men's basketball in more trouble? That is the million-dollar question. The Cardinals once again find themselves in a very interesting situation, to say the least. The program that had strippers in the dorm followed by a pay-for-play scandal with Brian Bowen brought up by the Southern District of New York now has another scandal to deal with. Louisville is currently going through its second major extortion case since 2009. I cannot believe I just typed that. Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde tackled the issue on Tuesday night and wonders what is next for the university. This is a program that has dealt with a handful of issues over the last few years and just cannot seem to get out of its own way. The latest problem is dealing with graduate assistants involved in practices, and that act could be considered a Level II or Level III NCAA violation. One of those could land the Cardinals in a world of hurt. "The use of graduate assistants in practice was deemed a Level II violation in a recent ruling in an NCAA case involving UTEP football," wrote Forde. "But as anyone who has operated in the NCAA infractions space knows, these are not one-size-fits-all cases. If there is video of Mack running practices with the GAs involved in an impermissible way—especially if it’s a regular occurrence—that would seem to heighten the risk for Louisville." Well, that sounds troublesome. Forde goes on to wonder if the NCAA might as well just give the death penalty to the program due to their inability to stay out of hot water. While that may be a stretch, you have to wonder what the ACC offices think about their member institution. The Cardinals have often been a black eye for the conference to manage outside of a strong baseball presence and a Heisman Trophy run by Lamar Jackson. The proud basketball league has not gotten much out of a strong basketball brand at UofL. Only time will tell how the NCAA will handle these new accusations, and if they will have any effect on the program. Predicting what Mark Emmert's crew will do when it comes to rules violations in the current state of affairs can be a fool's errand. However, Louisville seems to be daring the infractions committee to hit them with their best shot. No matter what happens, we can all agree that Louisville basketball has become Scandal U. [Sports Illustrated]

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