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U of L President responds to Professor Ricky Jones' comments

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A statement from the President's office:

At President Ramsey's request, the UofL Investigative Committee met on Friday morning (February 5) to allow Chuck Smrt, our investigator who is working in coordination with the NCAA, to brief the Committee members regarding the results of the inquiry to date. Professor Jones was unable to attend because of another commitment.

During the Committee meeting, Mr. Smrt reviewed the current information that he had shared with Dr. Ramsey and Athletic Director Tom Jurich the previous afternoon (Thursday, 2/4/16). Based upon the information that Smrt reported to Ramsey and Jurich on Thursday, the committee was informed that the decision was made by the two principals to impose the postseason ban.

The role of an institutional investigative committee is to advise the President throughout the inquiry process. According to customary procedures, the President has authority for making decisions throughout the investigation period, often consulting the Athletic Director on corrective and punitive action. The committee's role is to serve in an advisory capacity to the President, but there is no custom or requirement that the President's decisions are subject to a vote of the committee or its acquiescence. Institutionally, the President has the responsibility for any decisions regarding this matter.

The President is grateful for all of the committee members who agreed to serve in this important endeavor. They are providing a great public service to the University and the City by contributing their judgment in this difficult process.