Report: Louisville avoids postseason ban in NCAA ruling, Rick Pitino, Chris Mack receive no punishment

The Louisville men's basketball program and former head coaches Rick Pitino and Chris Mack will reportedly avoid major punishment when the NCAA announces its ruling on Thursday in the long-running investigation into the school's ethics and recruiting violations, which date back more than five years.

According to Matt Norlander of CBS Sports, the program itself will receive a $5,000 fine, two years of probation, and a seven-day reduction in recruiting time. Pitino and Mack will not receive any discipline.

This ruling, which may not be appealed, finally brings the five-year saga of the Louisville bribery scandal to a close. The FBI announced in 2017 that Louisville was part of a federal bribery scandal that involved Adidas allegedly offering five-star recruit Brian Bowen and his family $100,000 to go to the school. Pitino had allegedly failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

Adidas wasn't the only one allegedly offering Bowen and his family money to come to Louisville, though. And Bowen wasn't the only one allegedly receiving money. Via the Louisville Courier Journal:

In addition, former Louisville assistant coach Jordan Fair was alleged to have knowingly been involved in an impermissible recruiting inducement of $11,800 to $13,500 to Brad Augustine, a non-scholastic boys basketball coach associated with prospects. And former Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson allegedly knowingly provided a $1,300 extra benefit to Bowen’s father.

Fair and Johnson also allegedly had impermissible contact with basketball prospects and provided them with impermissible transportation. The NCAA will reportedly hand down more severe penalties to both of them on Thursday. According to Norlander, Fair and Johnson will both be given two-year show cause penalties that will prevent them from recruiting.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19:  Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals reacts to their 69-73 loss to the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and former head coach Chris Mack will reportedly receive no punishment in the NCAA's ruling on the Louisville bribery scandal, and the school itself received only a $5,000 fine and two years of probation — and no postseason ban. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) (Joe Robbins via Getty Images)