U of L Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack put on six-week suspension Monday, Aug 30 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville announced Aug. 27 Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack will be suspended without pay for six games during the 2021-2022 season.

According to U of L, Mack was a victim of an extortion attempt by former assistant coach Dino Gaudio. However, Mack allegedly failed to follow University guidelines, policies, and procedures in handling the situation. “The sanctions imposed upon Coach Mack are unrelated to the extortion attempt itself and the ongoing NCAA process,” the university said in a statement.

The suspension will last from Nov. 8  to Nov. 27  and includes six non-conference games, two of which will be in the Bahamas. The conditions of the suspension for Mack include having no contact with the men’s basketball coaching staff or student-athletes and forfeiting $221,000 in compensation.

“I understand that I could have handled matters differently and therefore I accept this suspension. While it will kill me to be away from our basketball family in November, I will do everything possible to set them up for success before and after my time away, and I am fully confident that our coaches, staff and student-athletes will rise to the occasion,” Mack said in a U of L press release.

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Top basketball prospect decommits from Louisville Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 

By John McCarthy — 

Top 100 basketball prospect Bryce Hopkins has decommitted from the University of Louisville.

Hopkins originally committed to U of L back in November of 2019. He is the first future-Cardinal to decommit from the university since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Hopkins is a multi-skilled forward standing 6-foot-6, who attended Fenwick High School in Illinois before committing to Louisville. Hopkins visited California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas and Northwestern before landing with the Cardinals. He was going to be the headlining prospect for U of L basketball’s 2021 recruiting class.

“Every time I have gone [to U of L] the coaches have been genuine and they had a great vision for me that I loved,” Hopkins said. “I felt completely comfortable with the coaching staff.”

Although the withdraw of Hopkins is a blow to the Cardinals 2021 recruiting class, plenty of talented prospects will be flowing into the university. Point guard Bobby Pettiford, an exceptional junior college guard El Ellis, and four-star forward Eric Van Der Heijden are all set to join the Cardinals in 2021.

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