Louisville Reportedly Dissociates from 2 Former Players Stemming from NCAA Case

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2017

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 29:  Montrezl Harrell #24 of the Louisville Cardinals reacts in the first half of the game against the Michigan State Spartans during the East Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Carrier Dome on March 29, 2015 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Louisville Cardinals have reportedly excommunicated at least two alumni who were connected to the recent NCAA investigation into alleged infractions by the program.

The Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer reported Montrezl Harrell and Chane Behanan posted messages on social media claiming Louisville prevented them from using team facilities to train.

In June, the NCAA suspended Louisville head coach Rick Pitino for the first five ACC games of the 2017-18 season and vacated the Cardinals' wins from December 2010 through July 2014 because the team used ineligible players.

The investigation began when an escort claimed in a 2015 book former Cardinals staff member Andre McGee paid for services for players and prospective recruits.

Harrell was a member of Louisville from 2012 until his junior year in 2014-15. Behanan arrived a year earlier and left after the 2013-14 season.

Katina Powell, the former escort who revealed the allegations, told Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones in June both players were part of the scandal, first as recruits and then as players.

A source told Greer the school dissociated Harrell from the program because he failed to meet with NCAA investigators while they were looking into the allegations. Behanan, meanwhile, told Greer he was unaware why he had become persona non grata.

Greer described the move as "an athletic department's way of distancing itself from or cutting ties with former coaches, players, administrators, boosters or others who may be under NCAA scrutiny or who put the university at risk." He also noted this doesn't "necessarily indicate any wrongdoing."

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