Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NCAA says decisions in all 6 current IARP infractions cases expected in next 12 months

The NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis is pictured, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis is pictured, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Although still vague and potentially months away, the NCAA on Tuesday provided an updated timeline for rulings in the six infractions cases currently being reviewed by the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

In a news release, the NCAA revealed that decisions in all six cases, including the one tied to the University of Kansas men’s basketball program, are expected in the next 12 months.

Memphis, North Carolina State, Arizona, LSU and Louisville also are having infractions cases reviewed by the newly formed IARP, which was created specifically to handle complex cases related to the recent FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting.

KU’s case includes allegations of five Level I violations, a charge of head coach responsibility and a tag of lack of institutional control.

Following Tuesday’s quarterly meeting of the NCAA’s Board of Governors, the NCAA indicated that “chief panel members will continue discussions with membership regarding the commitment to timeliness, fairness and consistency in the processing of cases.”

The information provided to the Board of Governors was classified as “a general update” on the IARP process.

KU’s case, which was the third to be sent to the IARP — behind Memphis and NC State — was officially accepted by the IARP in July 2020.

The five-person IARP panel ruling on KU’s case has the authority to investigate as much of the case as needed to make a ruling. All decisions handed down by the IARP are final and are not subject to appeals the way the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions rulings are.

Former KU Athletic Director Jeff Long said last December that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and furloughs in the NCAA’s enforcement area may have slowed down the process.

"Consistent with rules and procedures governing the process, details about the matter will remain confidential until the Independent Resolution Panel releases its decision,” Emily James, associate director of communications for the NCAA said in a brief statement last July.


Dirk Medema 6 months ago

Glad to hear there’s a commitment to timeliness because it wouldn’t be fair to have this drag out for years.

Robert Brock 6 months ago

Hey - what’s the hurry? The NCAA’s hair is on fire!

Jeff Coffman 6 months ago

This IARP is a great process...what are we at...about 2 years already?

I still don't understand how every player that was identified, sat and either didn't play for the school or was benched once indicators occurred.

By the way, the FBI said that KU was the victim and it was proven in a court of law.

Benny Armstrong 6 months ago

I've always found that part curious in the whole situation. The sports media rolls their eyes at the outcome of the federal trial and the ruling that KU was a victim, but never defends their opinion.

If Gassnola really was directed by Self or anyone either affiliated with his staff or KU, then wouldn't it make sense that he sing like a bird during his testimony? He'd have every incentive to name names and cooperate with the government to try and lessen any potential charges/punishment. Instead, he testified that all of this was conducted in an effort to avoid the school or adidas knowing about it. Stated another way, if we believe he's a credible witness about his activities involving paying players, then his credibility should extend and cover his entire testimony, not just the parts that the NCAA and sports media finds convenient for their narrative.

Brian Wilson 6 months ago

Yeah,.....let's hand punishment three years after the fact!. Let's punish the innocent. Let's punish the students, the fans, the new athletes,....for things that were done prior to them even going to college. Certainly the buildings, and campus, and school admin had something to do with let's give them probation while the students and thier parents and guardian parents, the sponsors, the AAU, the coaches, all get off scott free. Nat'l Commies!

Mallory Briggans 6 months ago

hmmmmmm no Duke ........oh yeah Duke self investigated the Zion situation found that the money his family received didnt really happen ......yea thats the same Zion that said he needed money in his pockets to go to Kansas .......but chose Duke instead because his family really wanted him to go there ...........Guess since the family didnt get compensated ....( wink wink) and it is Duke investigation by NCAA necessary

Keith Gellar 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Not sure why we need to bring up Duke every minute of the day. Yes - every program cheats... and have been cheating. Some get caught and some don't. This is no different than getting pulled over. You can point to 100s of other drivers speeding, but don't make one bit of difference. You got caught so deal with it. If you didn't want to be in this mess - well, maybe don't do these kinds of things. Tired of hearing about Duke and UK. Constantly trying to deflect on other programs doesn't help our cause. Makes us see more like KSU/UK/Mizzou fans if anything.

Doug Horn 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Keith I hear what you are saying, but let me ask one question. In all of the years that Mike has been at Duke has the NCAA ever penalized Duke Basketball? The answer is simple, not just NO, but HE!! NO! And everyone knows that as you said every program cheats. There was the starting Forward, Lance Thomas receiving $97K in jewelry from a New York jeweler, who sued Lance. Purchasing jewelry isn't a violation, but Lance put $30K down payment on December 2009 for the jewelry. I know that I didn't have $30K my senior year at college. Wonder where that came from? Any guesses? Oh, Lance's senior year Duke won the national championship as the starting forward.

Like I posted below, if they have the evidence they claim to have, then get on with it and stop dragging your feet. It is not fair for the NCAA to drag their feet the way they have with all of the schools that had evidence released in the Adidas trial. They are saying it could be five years after the Adidas trial before this is all over.

Benny Armstrong 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I get what you are saying, but if the NCAA and the sports media are going to bury Self, the staff, and KU over the tape of Townsend talking about Zion, then the natural progression in any competent investigation should be to 1) see if he did in fact attend KU, 2) realize that Zion did not attend KU despite an "offer" of potentially illegal benefits, and then 3) look into the school that he ultimately attended and the circumstances around his commitment/participation to see if a similar request/offer was made.

This isn't a situation of KU fans trying to deflect and call out other programs on the way down. If this was a comment about how the NCAA isn't looking at Duke's recruitment of Matthew Hurt or some other player, then I would understand your point, but we're talking about the same player being recruited to two schools and potentially getting an offer or better "benefits" to attend one over another. If you're going to damn one program for statements about doing whatever it takes, then I don't know how you can't ask the question "wonder what Duke did to secure his services?" And if that's the case, then they should be facing the same/similar penalties. Again, because they stem from the same player/situation. The NCAA puffed its chest out and acted like it was going to solve this massive problem and in the end they'll claim a few victories over a handful of schools, ignore the majority of the problem, and then move on once NIL is authorized.

Doug Horn 6 months ago

The recording the FBI has of KU Assistant, Kurtis Townsend talking with the Adidas Rep based on the transcript that was released during the trial said that Zion would not even make a visit to Lawrence unless KU would be willing to talk about his three demands. Money, a house for his parents to live in while he attends college and a job for his step dad. Townsend responded if that is what it will take then we will have to see what we can do. So based on all of the different lawsuits against Zion by the agency that he backed out of the contract that he had signed. Zion did receive $400K from Maximum Management Group in Canada before he played at Duke. His mother and his step dad moved from South Carolina where they were paying $850 per month to rent a house and moved into a rental house in Durham that normally rents for $4,495 per month. I almost forgot that the owner of the house is a Duke Alumni. Let's also not forget that Marvin Bagley's parents lived in this same neighborhood the one year the Marvin attended Duke. Duke did their own investigation and and found no violations.

The fact that the NCAA is taking this long has to be for a reason. If they have concrete evidence then get on with it, hand down the punishment and let us serve our time. The NCAA needs to get off their A$$ and move forward. If after 3 years a school hasn't had their day in front of the infraction committee or the IARP the NCAA should have to drop the case. This is their way of making it hurt the university without even giving them their day in the NCAA court. They better have solid evidence or Bill is going to file a lawsuit.

Keith Gellar 6 months ago

Hmmm.... timing of this news dropping and Jerrance Howard leaving are awfully close. Me thinks jerrance new something.

If this was the stock market, I'd be yelling sell..sell...sell on KU stock

Joe Black 6 months ago

He left to move up to the second chair as an assistant. Stop the conspiracy theories. He was block to two other assistant coaches at KU.

Keith Gellar 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Just saying...where there's smoke, there's fire! Something just doesn't smell right.

Rodney Crain 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Keith try to not to use smoke and smell when talking about Howard. :)

Robin Smith 5 months, 4 weeks ago

It's been lamented many times, but how can the NCAA be so slow and incompetent? I know this is the IARP, but everything they do is molasses and morasses. Just call it the mafia shakedown and let the kids play and get paid.

Dirk Medema 5 months, 4 weeks ago

According to Coach K, when so much of the original news was appearing, No one cheats better than Duke.

Chad Smith 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Wait, we're supposed to take the NCAA seriously now?!??!

IARP just get on with it. This is so frustratingly stupid. I hope Bill Self sues the NCAA. I really do. Just to give them the middle finger and call them out if for no other reason.

Still hoping for the day all the top programs get together and decide to form their own athletic organization and league and ditch this joke of an association.

Robert Robinson 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Chad, I've thought about that too. Problem is, the new "athletic organization" will want to make money. Football is where the money is. So they may not even want KU in their club

David Wanamaker 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I think there's at least a 50/50 chance they don't want the headache that will ensue if they come down hard on KU. Seems likely that if that happens, Self has a scorched earth plan ready to execute.

Jeff Kallmeyer 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Notice the "come down hard on Adidas schools, but take it easy on Nike schools"? Did the NCAA/FBI even perform a thorough investigation on the Nike schools? I smell some corruption going on!

Rodney Crain 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Give the NCAA a break everyone. They don't know what they are doing and have no concept of time. Heck they might not even know why they exist anymore. It's hard for some people to admit they have made a mistake.

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