ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Five former Louisville basketball players are suing the NCAA over its decision to vacate the national championship won by the Cardinals in 2013.
Former Louisville captain Luke Hancock and four men who played with him on the 2012-13 team are seeking to have the championship and associated wins and other accolades restored.
The NCAA stripped Louisville of the title and more than 100 wins in the wake of the investigation into the school's scandal regarding paid escorts and basketball recruits.
The five men also want a court to, in effect, restore their reputations.
The plaintiffs - Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson, Gorgui Dieng and Michael Marra - are seeking "a declaration that they are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA," according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Jefferson (Ky.) Circuit Court.
The university and ousted basketball coach Rick Pitino are not participants in the lawsuit.