The NCAA’s marketing slogan for the Final Four is the “road ends here.” A reporter used the phrase to ask Mark Emmert, the NCAA president, about the long, winding road of the NCAA investigation at North Carolina, and when that road might end.
Said Emmert: “It’s been moving along very well. The university’s been very cooperative, (the NCAA) will be at a place where my staff can issue allegations or notice of allegations in the very near future.”
In an interview just after his press conference Thursday, Emmert told ESPN he expected the NCAA would complete a new notice of allegation “in the coming weeks or a month or so.”
UNC’s NCAA case has been at a standstill since August, when the university submitted new information to the NCAA related to the NCAA’s investigation into a long-running scheme of suspect African Studies paper classes. Before submitting that information, UNC was days away from responding to the original notice of allegations (NOA) it received in May.
Since August, though, UNC has been awaiting an amended NOA. The receipt of the NOA, though, will not represent an end point as much as it will a new beginning.
Once UNC receives the amended NOA, it will have 90 days to respond to it. Then the NCAA will have about a month to issue a response to the response, and to set a date before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which is the judge and jury in infractions cases.
Once UNC appears before the infractions committee, it could take another 12 weeks – or more – before the committee issues a final ruling in the case, which means the case could drag on into early 2017.
Emmert described the UNC case as “a very complex circumstance.” He said it’d be “premature” to say when UNC will receive that amended NOA.
“But they’re certainly getting to the end of the road on it.”