The university's 68-page appeal, sent to the NCAA's committee of infractions, was obtained through an open records request August 11.
A copy of the University of Louisville's case to appeal two of the NCAA penalties was obtained by WHAS11 Friday, Aug. 11.
According to the appeal, Louisville "fully agrees ... that McGee committed egregious misconduct" and "does not dispute in the slightest that his actions warranted serious penalties" for both himself and the university. During the investigation, Louisville imposed a self-ban for the 2016 postseason.
In June, the COI ruled that head men's basketball coach Rick Pitino violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not monitor McGee. The player's "eligibility restored without any loss of competition".
"In addition to punishing the institution for this conduct, it found that the student-athletes-the very same "minors" whom the COI rightly thought McGee had taken advantage of-were rendered ineligible by McGee's actions, and that every one of their victories should be vacated and every dollar received from NCAA tournament games in which they participated should be disgorged". U of L did not appeal other penalties handed down by the NCAA. Before that, the NCAA's committee on infractions has 30 days to respond to U of L's report. Still, the school called the NCAA's measures "draconian" and "unjust".
The COI was especially critical of Pitino and said he should have known about McGee's activities with Powell, whose book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen" alleged that McGee paid her $10,000 for 22 shows at the Cardinals' dormitory from 2010-14.
Among the list of penalties was four years of probation for the team, a five-game suspension for Pitino, a vacation of records from December 2010 to July 2014, in which ineligible students played and additional scholarship and recruiting restrictions.
The university accused the COI of abusing its discretion by imposing the harshest available penalties.
As a result, the response concluded that, "At a minimum, the vacation and financial penalties imposed in connection with the 2011-12 and 2012-13 men's basketball seasons should be reversed".