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"Yes they did", Pitino said.

On Tuesday at a press conference in response to the NCAA appeals ruling, interim University of Louisville president Gregory Postel said the school would not pursue any further action to fight the sanctions.

"I don't care that much about the perception", 2013 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock told ESPN's Jeff Goodman. "To say I'm disappointed with the NCAA ruling is a gross understatement".

"Did a few [players] partake in parties they didn't organize?"

Rick Pitino is urging Louisville to make one last-gasp bid to preserve his greatest achievement at the school. He denied any knowledge or involvement on that front, as well, saying "If I hired the wrong people at times, I take full ownership and responsibility for everyone I've hired".

Pitino was sacked by Louisville this past fall for another scandal resulting from the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball.

"I do really think it's unjust", Pitino said of the punishments. Pitino maintains he never knew about the escorts on campus and swears he was unaware that Bowen's father was accepting money in exchange for his son's commitment to Pitino's program.

You can take away the banner but you can't take away the long hours in the gym the incredible wins the passion that this team played with! "I have never been involved, nor asked anyone to get involved, in such corrupt behavior and have never approved of it. Corruption and cheating have no place in any program I have run". "They've earned it", he said.

Whether Pitino knew how his assistants were operating or not, Louisville feels it had just cause to fire him.

Pitino said he has cooperated with the FBI's investigation. I wish I could do it.

ESPN asked Pitino whether he's had any discussions with National Basketball Association teams or college programs about getting back into coaching.

"I miss every minute of player development, every minute of scouting and game planning to beat an opponent, every minute of every timeout", he said.

"In the Committee on Infractions' decision, the panel found that a former Louisville director of basketball operations acted unethically when he committed serious violations by arranging striptease dances and sex acts for prospects, student-athletes and others, and did not cooperate with the investigation", The NCAA said in a news release. You can take the banner down but you can't take away the rings and the laughs and times we had at that game.

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