LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – As we continue to wait for the completion of the NCAA's investigation into claims of escorts used in recruiting at the University of Louisville, at least one man close to the situation believes the school may be off the hook.
It's been more than 8 months since the University of Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban on its basketball team leaving many people locally with the same question: What's next?
Larry Wilder told WHAS that Powell hasn't spoken with the NCAA since around the time UofL self-imposed the post-season ban.
Chuck Smrt who is consulting with the University of Louisville was in those meetings and Wilder says he believes the NCAA will do whatever Smrt tells them.
The University of Louisville has retained Smrt from The Compliance Group and Wilder says it was actually Smrt who advised that the University self-imposed sanctions in February.
Smrt worked with the NCAA until 1999 where he specialized in major violations with allegations of intuitional control and unethical conduct.
Smrt now advises 74 universities on compliance...and Wilder believes that experience will help UofL.
“I would believe that Chuck Smrt’s self-imposed sanctions would be sufficient if only what Ms. Powell was involved in what the issue was for the university,” said Wilder.
Months after his client, Katina Powell, gave her testimony to the NCAA attorney Larry Wilder says we still don't have answers because investigators are leaving any rocks unturned.
“If this was a parcel and a peace of the recruiting methodology from 2010 to 2014 what other recruiting methodology was being utilized,” Wilder said.
While Coach Pitino and the University of Louisville have fully cooperated Wilder believes any investigation may have been hampered since the NCAA doesn't have subpoena power.
“Ms. Powell did not have to cooperate,” Wilder said. “Mr. McGee who removed himself from the oversight of the NCAA by leaving the institution and quitting coaching does not have an obligation to speak with anyone about these situations.”
However, recent lawsuits against Powell have opened the doors for access to subpoena financial records and telephone information for all involved which the NCAA will have access too.
“For all of the hiding everyone wanted to encourage the hiding of the truth on their own opened the gates for the opportunity to learn the truth,” Wilder said.
I reached out to the University of Louisville and the NCAA today for comment on this story, but both declined.
Wilder says he hasn't been given any indication when the NCAA plans to send out its notice of allegations.