Louisville forward Caracter out for 3 games over rules violation

Updated: October 14, 2006, 2:03 AM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville freshman forward Derrick Caracter will have to sit out the first three games during the 2006-07 season for taking money from a family friend in 2005.

An investigation by the university revealed Caracter received $2,146 in travel-related expenses in the summer of 2005 to attend two basketball camps and visit Louisville as a recruit from the friend, the NCAA said Friday.

Caracter repaid the loan to the friend, who was not identified, according to the university.

The university said the friend was a longtime acquaintance of Caracter's and had a relationship with Caracter's family dating back several years.

"In assessing Mr. Caracter's responsibility for this violation, the staff determined he had some culpability," said Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement. "However ... only a minimal withholding was warranted."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the school will not file an appeal.

"That's the decision and we will move forward," he said. "It's behind us now."

The investigation came to light in late August, and the Cardinals held Caracter out of a three-game exhibition trip to Canada in September as a precaution.

Louisville opens the season on Nov. 18 against Northwestern State. Caracter, who will be allowed to play in Louisville's three exhibition games, is eligible to return on Dec. 5, when the Cardinals play Arizona in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

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