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Louisville to sit Caracter three games for taking money

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 a
pair of 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.