By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist
The University of Louisville sat out last year's NCAA Tournament as part of a sacrifice offered to the NCAA for hiring female escorts to party with basketball recruits.
The Cardinals are back this year, with a nice No. 2 seeding to boot. Rick Pitino will be on the sidelines, despite the NCAA's contention that he failed to properly monitor a staffer who paid for strippers and escorts over a four-year period.