The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men's basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino.
President James Ramsey said at a news conference that an investigation revealed violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by an escort that a former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.
Ramsey said the ban is for all postseason tournaments, including the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments. The president said he received the latest results of the investigation Thursday, but noted the review of the allegations is continuing.
Pitino was not consulted about the decision but the coach said he was "a soldier in this army, and I do what the generals say."
That does not mean he agreed with the move.
"This is a punishment I never thought would have happened this season," said Pitino.
Haden to retire from USC
University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will retire on June 30, ending his guidance of the Trojans through a tumultuous period in the school's history.
Haden took over from Mike Garrett in 2010 with a primary mandate to lead the Trojans through a multiyear stretch of NCAA sanctions against its vaunted football program. USC endured a two-year bowl ban, probation and significant scholarship losses for alleged misdeeds surrounding Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush during the tenure of former coach Pete Carroll.
... Former Wisconsin and Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was jailed early on a felony battery charge after an apparent dispute with his girlfriend. ... The Big 12 moved the TCU-Texas football game to the Friday after Thanksgiving, instead of playing on the holiday.
Maryland women beat MSU
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 30 points, Brionna Jones had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and No. 5 Maryland defeated No. 17 Michigan State 85-76 night for its ninth consecutive victory. The 5-11 junior guard went 9-for- 16 from the floor, 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and made all nine of her foul shots.
The Terrapins (21-2, 10-1 Big Ten) never trailed the Spartans (8-3, 17-5) in moving into a tie atop the conference with Ohio State.
... Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive shots made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72. Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive shots made to 30 and breaking the record of 26 straight held by Eastern Michigan's James Thompson and Bowling Green's Torian Oglesby.
Hahn leads Phoenix Open
James Hahn shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 on to take the lead in the suspended second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Hahn had a 10-under 132 total to enter the weekend a stroke ahead of Rickie Fowler and Danny Lee.
Fowler birdied his final hole for a 68, and Lee had a 66.
Ko, Jang back in share of Coates lead
Lydia Ko putted on one green and played six holes in a span of 11 hours before ending a long Friday in the same place she started — with a share of the lead in the Coates Golf Championship. Ko three-putted from 15 feet for bogey in frigid morning weather to complete the rain-delayed second round. In the afternoon, she made one birdie to get back to 7-under par through six holes.
Ko was tied with Ha Na Jang, who played 24 holes Friday.
The third round will resume Saturday morning, with the tourney finishing in the afternoon.