I know that's not how this works, that it would be unfair to name MI the champs because maybe if Louisville had been ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, another team from their side of the bracket - say, No. 9 seed Wichita State, which lost to the Cardinals in the Final Four - might have gone on to the title game and won.
ESPN's Rece Davis has a problem with the NCAA's punishment of vacating games and championships.
The decision announced on Tuesday by the governing body's Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations.
"We'll remove the official recognition, but it won't remove it from our hearts and minds", Louisville interim athletics director Vince Tyra said during a news conference held shortly after the NCAA's announcement. "We disagree with the NCAA ruling for reasons we clearly stated in our appeal. That is why we apologized immediately, cooperated fully with the NCAA, self-imposed penalties that were appropriate to the offenses and made significant changes to ensure incidents like this never happen again".
Besides taking down the red-and-white banner hanging beside the American flag and two other title flags in the Cardinals' downtown arena, Louisville must erase wins before and after that championship, along with other records.
Louisville interim president Greg Postel said he believes the NCAA is "simply wrong".
According to an NCAA release, Louisville must vacate men's basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years.
This includes the 2013 championship and an appearance the previous year in the tournament semi-finals known as the 'Final Four'.
In addition to vacating their wins from those seasons, Louisville will have to return approximately $600,000 received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA tournaments.
The school's own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban almost two years ago. But when you needlessly fire the AD and Head Coach, denying the University its best defense, you've given the green light to the NCAA.
In its appeal, Louisville argued that the penalties were "excessive", the NCAA said.
This ruling comes after the NCAA found former UofL Director of Basketball Operations Andre McGee paid for strip shows and sex for prospective recruits. But the NCAA committee on infractions ruled that Pitino violated NCAA head-coach responsibility rules by failing to monitor McGee's activities. Athletics director Tom Jurich was sacked with cause two days later.