By Steve Springer @racercard

There has been quite a bit of confusion and criticism as to why University of Louisville fans tend to legitimately attempt to bring the 2013 National Championship banner back to KFC YUM! Central rafters. The critical consensus, generally from the East and from any website Pat Forde works for today, is that Card fans are supposedly tired of the scandal that they don’t even remember the banner fell first.

See. There is no doubt that in what seems like the last eternity there have been things that should not have happened.

Clearly, Andre McGee should never have been given the responsibility he had. Eighty years ago, some unscrupulous things happened at Minardi Hall. These things were so bad that I even go so far as to say they were as bad as some of the things that are happening on campuses across the country at times when it comes to college athletic recruiting, campus life, and the intersection of the two.

No one exonerates #33. Never should have. McGee and his stats should be the only thing removed from the UofL record books. Take McGee and toss him in the dumpster with the rest of the scumbag coaches pulling this kind of reprehensible loathing. Put all the conspiracy theories you want on how Powell was able to publish a book from a piece of scrap paper. I know I have my thoughts on the journalistic miracle.

What happened next was that the rabbit hole turned into a black hole.

After the entire ordeal was settled between the UofL, NCAA and the rest of the world thanks to click-thirsty negativity contractors, the Cardinals’ championship material would have been wiped off the face of the earth. The NCAA, in all its wisdom, has meted out unprecedented and morally repugnant punishment to Floyd Street and Cardnation like never before. Thank you Carol Cartwright.

The banner must have fallen.

Fast forward to 2017, when an FBI investigation was announced into the sleazy, Omerta field of recruiting college athletes. The Feds had their playbook. The ensuing investigation led back to the gates of the UofL thanks to the Bowen family and three gang life.

The NCAA then did what the NCAA does (did) best.

They try again to drop their biased hammer on UofL. When the whole landscape of college sports recruiting grew increasingly bleak and then completely negated when Name Image Likeness came into the picture, the UofL was still caught in the crosshairs, like a motorist facing penalties for an expired registration like the cop writes the ticket between cars doing donuts on the Watterson freeway.

Unbeknownst to the time, the UofL’s White Knight was born out of four little letters in August 2018. The Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) was formed from a suggestion by the Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, a former United States Secretary of State. .

This committee has finally put the nail in the coffin of the ridiculously decrepit process on how the NCAA reviews and punishes hearsay and hearsay-on-hearsay schools that are guilty until proven guilty. The IARP yesterday exonerated UofL, former head coach Rick Pitino and All-Universe Hall of Famer Tom Jurich. Justice has finally been served.

Now why are you here.

The uproar of the 502 is legitimate. It was somewhat muted for quite a while because it had to be. Going by the past, the NCAA has always gotten the better of the UofL over {name your preferentially treated cash cows here}. There was no way athletic directors Jurich, Tyra and Heird could have pursued any avenue of reward before the IARP passed their edict.

The IARP was an unknown. It was their way or nothing, with no legal dispute. Don’t play with fire. Don’t rock the boat. Now that the NCAA investigation was, for all intents and purposes, considered basically a sham (sorry Pat), the voices of the collective fanbase can be heard.

Now that justice and time have been served, hear this: hang up the banner.

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