The NCAA finally handed down their decision to Rick Pitino and the Louisville program. No scholarships were taken away, probably because of Louisville Athletic Department's decision to voluntarily vacate two scholarships during the 2016-17 season.
While the punishment may not be as severe as some initially thought it would be, Pitino will face the challenge of confronting parents of recruits with this cloud hanging over his head.
The Cardinals are in on a number of top prospects including Nazreon Reid, Emmitt Williams, Silvio De Sousa. But the recruitment of Top 5 prospect Romeo Langford could be heavily impacted by the sanctions.
Langford is a 6-foot-6, 190-pound shooting guard, with the elite slashing skills that translate to the NBA game. He's a true one and done player, and although you could make the argument that missing out on a player who will only be around one year won't really hurt the Cardinals, he's the type of talent that transforms a Sweet 16 team to a national title contender.
Oh, and did we mention, he's being coached by Kentucky's John Calipari on the U-19 FIBA Team USA squad this summer with current Kentucky player Hamidou Diallo and Wildcat commits Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington right along side him. Advantage Kentucky.