Ex-Louisville players sue NCAA over stripped 2013 title

The NCAA is being sued by a group of former Louisville basketball players over its decision to vacate the national championship won by the Cardinals in 2013.Former Louisville captain Luke Hancock and four men who played with him on the 2012-13 team are seeking to have the championship and associated wins and other accolades restored. The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title and more than 100 wins in the wake of the investigation into the school’s scandal regarding paid escorts and basketball recruits.The five men also want a court to, in effect, restore their reputations. The plaintiffs – Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson, Gorgui Dieng and Michael Marra – are seeking “a declaration that they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA,” according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Jefferson (Ky.) Circuit Court.”We are used to fighting Goliath every single day,” the plaintiffs’ attorney, John Morgan told reporters Wednesday. “In the sports world I don’t think there is any Goliath that exists like the NCAA.”Morgan said the former players want the court to order the NCAA to reinstate the 2013 national championship to make a public declaration that the players “did not engage in striptease dances, prostitution and tipping of strippers as implied by the Defendant (NCAA).”