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WINTER-SPRING 2018

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5 WINTER/SPRING 2018 Dear Readers, In February, we finally received news that no one wanted to hear. The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee upheld earlier penalties it had imposed on the University of Louisville men's basketball program, meaning all victories between 2011 and 2015, including the 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four berth, will be vacated. I said it when the ruling came down, and I'll say it again here — we believe that the NCAA is wrong, that these penalties are extreme and without precedent and that the university's total cooperation with the investigation should have been a factor in the final decision. The university has never tried to deny or excuse the reprehensible behavior of a former employee whose actions have brought shame to our men's basketball program. Instead, we apologized, condemned the behavior and took immediate measures to ensure that incidents that occurred will never be repeated. I want to assure you that the university went to great lengths to fight the penalties levied against us. Our appeal required untold hours of preparation and a significant financial commitment. We brought in the nation's top litigator to argue our case, and we felt good about our position. But, sadly, it wasn't enough. Still, despite the energy and cost expended on our appeal, I wouldn't do anything differently. Our great players and loyal fans deserved our best effort to try to keep the championship banner because of all of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice that winning it required. That tremendous accomplishment — winning the 2013 title — means so much to this university and our community. Memories of that championship season remain vivid, and nothing can ever take them away. Even though it is difficult, now is the time for healing and for moving our great university forward. To do that, we need to put our differences aside. We're busy molding our students into the next generation of leaders, and we need your help and commitment to be able to do that. Our students are working hard and deserve your support — whether it's in the classroom or on the playing field. As we put this sad chapter behind us, we should take stock of all the positive things going on at this university. There are many. We should redouble our commitment to our educational mission, to research and to community engagement. We need to always remember why we are here. I remain convinced that the best days for this university lie ahead. There will be more goals to attain, more milestones to recognize and more victories to celebrate. Yes, there is always much to do, but we can get where we want to go by working together. Gregory C. Postel, MD Interim President from the president Winter/Spring 2018 | Vol. 37 | No. 1 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF John Drees MANAGING EDITOR Kim Butterweck DEPUT Y MANAGING EDITOR Erica Walsh CREATIVE DIRECTOR Brian Faust LEAD DESIGNER Ross Bradley CONTRIBUTORS Matt Cable, Janet Cappiello, Betty Coffman, Bethany Daily, Tom Fougerousse, Joshua Hawkins, Mark Hebert, Julie Heflin, Cindy Hess, Judy Hughes, Hayley Kappes, John Karman, Alicia Kelso, Niki King, Gary Mans, Tiffany Meredith, Sean Moth, Laura Nunnelly, Amber Peter, Jill Scoggins, Bria Staten-Favors, Lottie Stockwell, Brandy Warren, Lindsay Wehr UOFL MAGAZINE Published by University of Louisville Office of Communications & Marketing EDITORIAL OFFICES UofL Magazine 2323 S. Brook St., Suite 124 Louisville, KY 40292 502-852-6430 editor@louisville.edu ADDRESS CHANGES AND ALUMNI UPDATES 502-852-4577 Fax: 800-344-8635 aluminfo@louisville.edu ADVERTISING INFORMATION Barry Quinn 502-852-1349 or bquinn@ louisvillesportsproperties.com Standard mail postage paid at Lebanon Junction, KY. Copyright © 2018 University of Louisville. The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against persons because of race, age, religion, sex, handicap, color or national origin. This publication was prepared by the University of Louisville and printed partially with state funds. KRS 57.375 Printed in the U.S.A. on recycled paper.

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