Long-time coach Rick Pitino says the decision by the president of the University of Louisville to ban the men's basketball team from this year's NCAA tournament was ''difficult'' but ''the right thing to do.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The president of the University of Louisville said on Friday that it appears that the men's basketball team has violated NCAA rules, and because of that he has banned them from participating in this year's NCAA tournament. At a news briefing to announce the decision, the long-time coach of the team, Rick Pitino, said he supported University President Ramsey and Athletic Director Tom Jurich, and felt the ban was "the right thing to do." However, he said it would be difficult to deal with, especially for seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who transferred to the school this year. The pair are the team's leading scorers and will now never have the chance to play in an NCAA tournament. The Cardinals are ranked 19th in the country and had been expected to advance far in the tournament. The ban is the result of allegations that the former director of basketball operations at the school, Andre McGee paid an escort service to provide sex to teenagers the school was trying to recruit for the program.