The Latest: Pitino blasts NCAA decision, defends his program

In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino walks off the court after a 73-69 loss to Michigan in a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis. The NCAA suspended Pitino, Thursday, June 15, 2017, for five ACC games following sex scandal investigation. A former men's basketball staffer is alleged to have hired strippers to entertain players and recruits. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Rick Pitino blasted the NCAA's ruling and defended his program while saying he will continue to move forward "because that's what leaders do."

He put much of the blame on for the men's basketball program's sex scandal on former director of operations Andre McGee. He says leaders "ask for forgiveness for what happened, for what one of your employees did, you're extremely contrite."

Pitino says he plans on staying and "winning multiple national championships, not just one."

The NCAA suspended Pitino for the first five Atlantic Coast Conference games next season, gave Louisville four years of probation and put McGee on a 10 year show-cause penalty.

That means any school that wants to hire McGee must go before the NCAA and explain why it should do so without getting penalized.

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