Only in the wacky world the NCAA occupies can a school go from being a victim entitled to restitution in the FBI basketball prosecutions to being the subject of NCAA recruiting sanctions.
At least six Division I men’s basketball programs will receive notices of allegations for Level I violations from the NCAA by the summer, stemming from the federal government’s recently completed investigation of the sport, a top NCAA official told CBS Sports.
Stan Wilcox, NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, said two high-profile programs would receive notices of allegations by early July.
The remaining four would be rolled out later in the summer in what was described as a wave of NCAA investigations meant to clean up major-college basketball.
“There’s even another group of cases that we’re still working on,” Wilcox said. “The main thing is that we’re up and ready. We’re moving forward and you’ll see consequences.”
Level I violations are considered the most serious by the NCAA. They carry the strongest punishments that can include scholarship reductions, postseason bans and show-cause orders against coaches. According to the NCAA, a notice of allegations is sent after an investigation has closed.
If you think Mr. Wilcox sounds eager to wield the hammer, you’re not wrong.
“Those top coaches that were mentioned in the trials where the information shows what was being said was a violation of NCAA rules, yes. They will be all part of these notices of allegations,” Wilcox said.
The NCAA had held off on investigations, he said, at the request of the government until the trials were concluded.
“So now that’s it over, we’re going to be moving forward with a number of Level I cases that will help people realize that, ‘Yeah, the enforcement staff was in a position to move forward,'” Wilcox said.
These new cases will be subject to new NCAA policies adopted through the recommendations made by the Rice Commission, Wilcox said.
In the immortal words of Judge Roy Bean, “First we have the fair trial, then we hang him”. It’s just that nobody told the schools who was being tried first.