LOOK: Muhammad Ali still supports Louisville even after postseason ban

Rick Pitino said news of Louisville's self-imposed postseason ban had the players hugging and crying, particularly for its two fifth-year seniors, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, as their college careers will now be over after the regular season finale against Virginia on March 5.

With morale understandably being tested as the Cardinals head into the weekend, the team got a message from one of the program's most notable supporters, the legendary Muhammad Ali.

The decision to self-impose a postseason ban came after a meeting with the NCAA regarding the ongoing investigation that was triggered by allegations of a self-described madam who wrote a book last fall detailing numerous alleged incidents with paid dancers and escorts who involved themselves with Louisville basketball players and recruits from 2010-2014.

This Cardinals team, currently 18-4 and coming off a huge home win against No. 2 North Carolina, will not get to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament. Lee, Lewis and many of the Cardinals impacted by this punishment were not even connected to the program during these alleged violations, and as Gary Parrish pointed out in his column on the ban, that stinks.

Muhammad Ali has the back of the Louisville basketball program. (Twitter/Muhammad Ali)
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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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