NCAA, IARP rule on Louisville men’s basketball, Pitino, Bowen scandal
The Louisville men’s basketball team is reportedly not facing a postseason ban after a lengthy NCAA investigation into alleged violations under the watch of former coaches.
When the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) announces its decision on the Louisville case later Thursday, it will hit the program with a $5,000 fine and reduced recruiting days, CBS Sports reported.
Ruling won’t include any punishment for former U of L coaches Rick Pitino and Chris Mack, according to the CBS report.
Former Louisville assistants Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair will be given two-year penalties for showing, CBS reported. Johnson, now an assistant at Rhode Island, will be banned from recruiting during this time. Just cause penalties require an NCAA member school to provide reasons why they should not face penalties for hiring a coach.
The decisions of the IARP are final.
Later Thursday morning, the IARP will hold a Zoom press conference with David Benck, senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary of a retail company, international and national arbitrator and chief panel member named in the ‘affair.
The judgment puts an end to a NCAA five-year survey in the U of L program, accused of committing a total of seven offenses under former coaches Pitino and Mack. The most serious allegations come from the recruitment of cardinals during Pitino’s tenure as elder five-star hopeful Brian Bowen.
The most serious of these stemmed from the Cardinals’ signing of former five-star forward Brian Bowen during Pitino’s tenure.
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The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York revealed the bribery scheme behind the U of L’s recruitment of Bowen on September 26, 2017.
In December 2020, the U of L – seeking consistency and questioning the fairness of the NCAA’s infraction committee – requested that his case be processed by the IARPan auditor formed in 2019 to “review certain complex infraction cases,” according to its website, but which the NCAA announced this summer will be disbanded after ruling on its pending cases.
NCAA investigation into U of L, delayed by federal court cases and a second round of allegations stemming from Extortion attempt by Dino Gaudio of former Cardinals basketball coach Chris Mackwas completed on August 6, 2021.
The university received an Amended Notice of Allegations on September 30 containing one Level I and six Level II allegation.
The most significant of the allegations against Louisville was that Adidas employees, representing the university’s athletic interests, made an ineligible recruiting bid of $100,000 and arranged an additional $25,000 benefit for Bowen’s father.
Additionally, former Louisville assistant coach Jordan Fair was allegedly knowingly involved in an impermissible $11,800 to $13,500 recruiting inducement to Brad Augustine, an out-of-school basketball coach associated with prospects. And former Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson allegedly knowingly provided an extra $1,300 perk to Bowen’s father.
These violations were considered Level I, the most serious under NCAA regulations, but Louisville also allegedly committed several Level II violations.
Johnson and Fair allegedly engaged in prohibited recruiting activities related to a basketball prospect and individuals associated with basketball prospects, including prohibited in-person off-campus recruiting contact with a prospect; unauthorized contact and/or communication with individuals associated with Team United and providing unauthorized transportation to Christian Dawkins and Augustine while accompanying a prospect on an unofficial visit.
The NCAA also alleged that former coach Rick Pitino violated head coaching liability legislation by failing to foster an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s basketball program, and that the U of L violated the principle of compliance with NCAA rules by not adequately monitoring Bowen’s recruitment.
Louisville also allegedly committed Level II violations during Coach Chris Mack’s tenure, including the use of graduate assistants for on-field activities and “producing and showing, performing or providing personalized recruiting videos and recruiting aids to basketball prospects containing the names of recruits”. , images and/or likenesses.
This story will be updated.
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