How other ACC schools have fared in recent NCAA investigations.
Accusations: Syracuse self-reported violations connected with academic fraud, extra benefits, failure by the school to follow its own written drug policy, players’ involvement in promotional activities and participation in outside competition. The NCAA accused the school of additional cases of not following its drug policy, as well as extra academic benefits for players, a lack of institutional control and basketball coach Jim Boeheim’s “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff.”
Sports affected: The bulk of the eight-year investigation by the school and the NCAA centered on the men’s basketball program, which previously was tagged with a two-year probation penalty in 1992. But the Orange football program, which enjoyed decidedly less success throughout the period investigated, was also found to have committed rules violations.
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Notable bombshells: As much as anything, the timespan that required investigation. Some of Syracuse’s self-reported violations stretched back to 2001.
Postseason ban?: Syracuse self-imposed a one-year postseason ban on Feb. 4, 2015, with its basketball team sitting at 15-7 (6-3 ACC) and looking like a borderline NCAA tournament team at best. The Orange went 3-6 the rest of the way against a back-loaded schedule to finish the season 18-13.
Other penalties: The men’s basketball program lost three scholarships per year for four seasons (later reduced on appeal to two scholarships a year) and absorbed some recruiting restrictions. Boeheim was suspended nine games and Syracuse was ordered to vacate 108 victories.
Status: Investigation complete. Syracuse returned to the postseason in basketball this past season despite Boeheim serving his nine-game suspension in December and January. The team ultimately made a surprising run to the Final Four.
Accusations: In a book published last year, Katina Powell accused former Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee of paying her and other escorts to have sex with players and recruits between 2010 and 2014. Five former Cardinal players and recruits told ESPN they attended parties that included strippers paid by McGee.
Sports affected: Men’s basketball.
Notable bombshell: That the sex parties occurred in an on-campus dorm for athletes and other students named for Billy Minardi, Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s late brother-in-law.
Postseason ban?: With the Cardinals coming off a victory over North Carolina and sporting an 18-4 record, Louisville President James Ramsey announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban in February over Pitino’s objection. The Cardinals went 5-4 over the final month of the season to finish 23-8 (12-6 ACC), though that would have been more than enough for a reasonably high seed in last month’s NCAA tournament.
Other penalties: Louisville has also given up one men’s basketball scholarship for both of the next two years, as well as a reduction in available official visits by one in back-to-back years. The Cardinals’ coaches will also have fewer off-campus recruiting days this year.
Status: While Pitino recently told AM-680 in Louisville the investigation was effectively over, Louisville has yet to appear in front of the NCAA’s infractions committee. Given the lengthy processes for other schools, this appears far from finished.