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LOUISVILLE SLAPPED WITH PROBATION

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The Louisville basketball program, sidestepping more severe penalties, was placed on two years probation by the NCAA for 10 rules violations.

The school, a traditional basketball power, was cited by the NCAA for violations concerning recruiting, extra benefits and preferential treatment.The school avoided more severe sanctions, such as postseason eligibility and a ban from television.

Louisville coach Denny Crum, clenching a rolled-up program in his trademark sideline habit, was relieved over the lenient verdict announced Wednesday.

"I'm proud of our program," he said. "It's impossible to control everything. Nobody wants to be on probation, but I feel good about this outcome and I feel good about the process."