Waiting on the NCAA
Posted January 20, 2012
Cue up Tom Petty and sing along. "The waiting is the hardest part," were lyrics in his song The Waiting. It's what many are doing right now as the NCAA holds the cards in the UNC football investigation.
It was 12 weeks ago today (January 20) that UNC officials faced the NCAA Committee on Infractions to debate or dispute the nine major violations spelled out in the Notice of Allegations. At the end of the meeting in Indianapolis, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said it could be eight to twelve weeks before the NCAA would announce additional sanctions.
We are at the end of that window.
But it's a window that can be extended beyond the phantom deadline. Ohio State went 18 weeks before hearing its fate from the NCAA.
On the NCAA web-site they spell out what they call a very specific process for notification about the penalties.
"The morning of the release, NCAA public and media relations staff alert the media of the upcoming release. The chair of the Committee on Infractions hosts a telephone press conference to announce the results of the committee decision. A public infractions report is released but specific names are not included. The COI makes no statement about the case until the report is released. " Source: NCAA.org
So we all sit and wait for that morning release followed by an afternoon conference call with members of the Committee on Infractions.
New UNC football coaches would like to know what parameters they are dealing with. Tar Heel recruits want to know if the program will take a hit competitively. What will the short-term and long-term effects be on the program? A postseason ban is something no program wants to hear. Notice it is now a postseason ban and not just a bowl ban. With conference championship games being played, a postseason ban automatically eliminates a school's chance to play for a conference title. UNC's last ACC championship was 1980.
Butch Davis was not named in the NCAA's Notice of Allegations. What if the NCAA all of a sudden hangs the lack of institutional control around his neck? Could UNC then contest the money they owe him by saying there was cause to fire him? Davis has had some conversations with universities about a coaching position but until the NCAA announces their sanctions, schools won't touch him.
My gut tells me that former UNC assistant John Blake will be given a show-cause penalty. Jim Tressel was given a 5-year show-cause which makes it EXTREMELY difficult for him to get another coaching job during that period. If a school wants to hire a coach with show-cause they could have to go before the NCAA and get special approval.
NCAA investigations are a long and patience testing process...tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.