Louisville escapes heavy penalties in hoops bribery case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An independent panel has placed the Louisville basketball program on two years of probation and fined it $5,000, but spared the school major fines from NCAA charges brought after a federal investigation into college basketball corruption.

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) also declined to punish former Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, who was initially cited by the NCAA for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Chris Mack, Pitino’s successor who was fired in January, also has not been fined for additional charges announced by the NCAA last year.

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