College Football Pick’em
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The second of six infractions cases being resolved by the IARP, an independent review panel created in 2019 solely to review complex cases, was formally adjudicated on Tuesday as . The Tigers program, which was under investigation and facing four Level I allegations and multiple Level II allegations stemming from violations centered around former No. 1 recruit James Wiseman, were instead hit with four Level II violations and five Level III violations after an extensive investigation by the panel.
Memphis faced significant consequences if its initial charges held — including potentially a postseason ban for the program and stiff penalties for Penny Hardaway — after Hardaway was charged with acting as a booster to secure the commitment of Wiseman. The hearing panel, though, determined that Hardaway’s previous philanthropic involvement within the Memphis community and the availability of his generosity to all Memphians, not just to student-athletes, made his financial involvement with Wiseman merely a continuation of his long-standing status as a booster and not an act of recruiting inducement.
Memphis does face some penalties as part of the IARP’s final decision — it will pay a fine, go on probation and vacate the wins it secured when Wiseman played — but it was by and large a
slap love-tap on the wrist, and one that would seemingly bode well for the remaining schools waiting to hear final rulings from the panel.
There remains no timeline on when the final four schools will see their cases come to a close, but NCAA Vice President of Hearing Operations, Derrick Crawford, told the media on a call Tuesday that the four — Louisville, Arizona, Kansas and LSU — are on track to be resolved in “late spring, early summer of 2023.” Louisville and Arizona have completed their hearings while Kansas and LSU have not, suggesting they may be ahead in the queue.
As we await those decisions, let’s run through the timelines as they currently stand — first with the resolved cases and then with those still open.
Rules violations have centered around former player James Wiseman
The NCAA alleged payments to Dennis Smith were tied to former Wolfpack coaches, including head coach Mark Gottfried
The NCAA alleged five Level I (major) violations against Kansas. Among them was a “head coach responsibility” charge against Bill Self and a charge of “lack of institutional control.”
Possible recruiting violations by LSU under coach Will Wade are being investigated
Former coach Sean Miller and and institutional control charge among five Level I (major) violations
Charged with major NCAA violations regarding Brian Bowen under former basketball coach Rick Pitino
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