Now here’s a fucking shock:
The Independent Accountability Resolution Process, conceived more than three years ago by the Condoleezza Rice-led commission on college basketball and implemented 21 months ago, has accomplished nothing. It has been referred six cases, the first of which was March 4, 2020, and zero have been resolved. High-profile cases involving Memphis, North Carolina State, Kansas, LSU, Arizona and Louisville are all wallowing in investigative purgatory, with no indications of imminent resolution for any of them. Maybe by the end of the summer we will have a ruling or two; maybe not.
The NCAA’s so-called infractions “off-ramp” is a road to nowhere.
At least the usual parties sound very concerned.
I asked NCAA president Mark Emmert about the progress of the IARP in early April, before the men’s basketball Final Four, and he didn’t even try to put much administrative spin on it.
“In many ways it’s moved into a whole new adjudicative process, obviously,” Emmert said. “That’s taking longer than I or anybody else would like, I’m sure. My hope is that as we work our way through these current cases, we can find all the ways to streamline it and make it much, much more efficient.
“The original intention was to allow for cases to be essentially reinvestigated in some element. That’s taking a long period of time. … I think we’re all, or nearly all, frustrated that it’s just taking too bloody long.”
That’s why they pay him the big bucks, folks!