The Louisville men's basketball program will have to vacate its 2013 national championship, which it won inside the Georgia Dome, after the NCAA denied its appeal on Tuesday.

The NCAA Appeals Committee on Infractions upheld the initial ruling from the Committee on Infractions to force Louisville to vacate wins during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 season.The initial penalty was announced last June.

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The initial ruling from the NCAA stems from an investigation into a former Louisville staff member who arranged for strippers to entertain players and recruits during parties at an on-campus dorm, leaving several players ineligible.

Louisville beat Michigan in the 2013 national title game under former head coach Rick Pitino, who was fired last fall following his alleged involvement in the shady recruiting of a five-star prospect.

According to ESPN, the Cardinals will become the first NCAA Division I men's basketball program to vacate a national title during the Final Four era.

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