COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Romeo Langford was at a Louisville barber shop when the NCAA ruling on the Louisville basketball program was announced last week.
Everybody in Changing Image at Bardstown Square yelled at the television.
“They were saying, ‘It’s not fair,'” said Langford, the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
The 6-foot-6 New Albany High shooting guard said he wasn’t surprised.
“Everybody should have known they were going to get in trouble,” he said. “It was nothing new to me.”
That’s because, according to Langford, Louisville’s coaches told Romeo and his family during a visit to campus earlier this year to expect some form of harsh punishment.
“I didn’t know how severe,” Langford said.
The NCAA imposed penalties, including the suspension of Cardinals coach Rick Pitino for five ACC games and, “a vacation of basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible” from December 2010 to July 2014, including the 2013 national title and 2012 Final Four appearance. The investigation began in 2015 after escort Katina Powell alleged former Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee paid women for dances and sex on behalf Louisville players and recruits.
Louisville announced it would appeal the decision.
Langford, speaking after the first Team USA training camp practice Sunday, said the sanctions and opinions expressed in the barber shop will not be a factor in his recruiting decision. He said he is still considering Louisville.
“It is what it is,” he said.
Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana are believed to be among the schools on Langford’s list as well.