A Circuit Court judge in Kentucky has sided with Duke in a breach of contract lawsuit brought forth by Louisville.
The Blue Devils backed out of a four-game series against the Cardinals with three dates remaining. The contract called for a penalty of $150,000 a game if a date with a "team of similar stature" could not be arranged.
Duke argued that its team, which is 6-45 the past five seasons, was so bad that any team would be a suitable replacement.
The judge sided with Duke.
"At oral argument, Duke (with a candor perhaps more attributable to good legal strategy than to institutional modesty) persuasively asserted that this is a threshold that could not be any lower. Duke's argument on this point cannot be reasonably disputed by Louisville," Judge Phillip J. Shepherd said in his summary.
"We're disappointed with the ruling," Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said. "We will take our time to review the decision and explore our future options."
Thanks to Scott Brown at WKDZ Sports.