Louisville’s Men’s Basketball program became the latest in a long list of teams to have past victories vacated for committing NCAA violations. The tally included 123 victories that are being scrubbed from the record books from the 2012-2015 seasons, including the 2013 national championship victory against Michigan.
But does this really accomplish anything? Does vacating wins serve any productive purpose whatsoever?
My assumption is that the answer will be a resounding ‘NO!’ for 99 percent of our readers. However, I am curious if anyone could make a compelling argument for the necessity of vacating wins in light of NCAA violations.
My only thought is that it does have an impact on the record books. SBN elaborated on this further with some specific examples. However, each school handles its own records, so just because the NCAA does not recognize a specific victory or championship doesn’t mean that program still won’t lay claim to it. Furthermore, it doesn’t likely change anything for the program. The players still have all the memories and emotions of achieving a lifelong dream. Vacating a victory can never eliminate the feelings of the Louisville players when the clock hit 0:00 in the championship game, nor the many celebrations that would come soon after. The Michigan players who were on the losing side of that championship didn’t feel a sense of elation after finding out Louisville’s victory no longer counts.
So what say you, BSD reader? How do you feel about vacating wins as a form of punishment by the NCAA?