Posted April 09, 2013

NCAA won’t allow Louisville men’s basketball team to go watch women’s title game

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It’s a big week for Louisville basketball, with both the men and women’s teams in the NCAA title game. The men’s team just claimed the championship title last night, but they have been told by the NCAA that the men’s team cannot fly to New Orleans to watch the women chase the same title.

Rick Pitino is currently in New Orleans to cheer on the women’s team, but his players won’t be joining him. The NCAA ruled it would be “an improper benefit” for Louisville to fly the men’s team to New Orleans to see the women play. Technically, the ruling is that the players cannot travel to NOLA on Louisville or Pitino’s dime.

After Louisville’s thrilling 82-76 victory over Michigan on Monday night, the NCAA informed Pitino that the men were not allowed to travel unless they paid their own way, because it was “an extra benefit” for the women. Exactly how support from the sideline is an unfair advantage was not explained.


17 comments
Sanderdog
Sanderdog

I do not give a wit about the game. who wins or loses. But, this is about PC.  Unfair benefit for the men,not the other students. This country is going going gone to hell in a handbasket under the thumb of federal governement control of every aspect of our lives.  How about we have a web site to donate to pay for the men to go anyway. Buy them room in the most expensive hotel in town.  Stick it to the NCAA and PC police.

Robert M
Robert M

The NCAA needs to be dissolved completely and a new institution that is more "modern" and at least has some common sense should take its place. Either that or redo the NCAA from the top down.

Lee3
Lee3

The NCAA should have allowed UL to fly the team down to New Orleans.  Seriously, UL most likely has a University jet that is capable of flying the team down..If not, UL just made how much $$$$$$$ for the NCAA? Yes, an incredible amount made on the backs of these kids "entertaining" millions.  Add that to the fact that the show of support would have been good for amateurism, a great show of sportsmanship, and would have reinforced that this is a college game attempting to equally support mens and womens sports/.

cardcreek
cardcreek

you can't pay players.  you can't provide them free transportation/tickets to extracurricular events.  the unfair advantage is that UL could use such as an advantage in recruiting.  its seeking a level playing field with other schools.  that's all.  you can argue that players should get paid, but that's another issue.  these kids would have to use their own dime to go to NOLA and buy tickets and most don't have it.

Pennuvp
Pennuvp

They should've set up the same arrangements that any fans had that would attend both games.  To be honest, probably the best package would've been to take a train from Atlanta to New Orleans overnight.  They could party AND get rest.

JeffShields
JeffShields

I wonder if the improper benefit has to do with the men's basketball team getting free transportation but other students at Louisville not receiving the same benefit.

joeshine730
joeshine730

screw the ncaa. just go to see the game. fu$k em.

stacy964
stacy964

Really people?   That's the "improper benefit" the NCAA are worried about.  What a joke!

FrankCanada
FrankCanada

NCAA  needs a whole new Board of directors Someone who maybe has coached or played Basketball

Mike26
Mike26

It's actually a good ruling - consistent and fair.  Just because people doesn't mean it isn't correct.  

Lee3
Lee3

 @JeffShields And other students had also not been through the grueling two plus weeks of the NCAA Tournament plus a 30 game season while balancing classes and student life. Let every other student go through off season workouts and conditioning in addition to all this and then the NCAA can say that without a hypocritical grin.

gregg h
gregg h

joeshine, ya can't just fu$k em, cause they make the rules.  Ask Penn St, OSU, SoCal, and others how fu$king the NCAA works out, while they're watching bowl games on TV.

Lee3
Lee3

 @Mike26 And just because it is per the rules as written doesn't necessarily mean that the rules as written are justified.

AdamReynolds
AdamReynolds

 @Lee3  @JeffShields While every other student isn't having to go through off-season workouts and conditioning, the OVERWHELMING majority of students are working jobs to pay their own way through school, or they are absorbing massive student loans to get it done.

AdamReynolds
AdamReynolds

 @Lee3  @JeffShields Please correct me if I'm wrong, but these athlete-students take on a LOT of extra burden during their college career balancing academics and sports.  BUT, they do it voluntarily, and with a full scholarship to cover their studies.  They are already being paid handsomely to play a sport they love by getting a quality education in exchange.