Arizona Daily Star
The NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors announced Wednesday that it will dissolve the independent accountability process once five remaining cases, including the Arizona men’s basketball program, are resolved.
In the year Established in 2019 at the recommendation of the Commission on College Basketball, the IARP reviews, modifies or extends the work of the NCAA’s enforcement staff, then forwards it to a five-person panel composed of legal, higher education and / or sports backgrounds unrelated to NCAA sports. The panel makes a decision that cannot be appealed.
IARP began taking on the Memphis infringement case in March 2020. NC State followed a month later, followed by Kansas in July 2020, LSU in September 2020 and Arizona in December 2020. A sixth charge, concerning Louisville, was added. February 2021
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IARP’s glacial pace has frustrated some schools that chose to go that route. And in January, the IARP announced it would stop taking new cases because, according to the NCAA, their open cases “required significant resources to bring those cases to resolution.” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in April 2021 that he expects open cases to be resolved within 12 months. They weren’t.
Arizona faces five level one charges. Three counts of academic misconduct and improper recruiting incentives by two former assistants to former coach Sean Miller, Mark Phelps and Buck Richardson; One says Miller couldn’t keep track of his assistants; And fifth, Arizona showed a lack of institutional control.
The NCAA said Wednesday that discontinuing IARP and updating the peer-review process “will streamline the overall infractions process and better utilize membership and national office resources.”
The NCAA’s new infractions policies, which also include clarifications that will reduce the number of appeals, take effect Jan. 1. Click here to read more about the changes.