Once U of L gets notice of allegations, what's next?

(The Courier-Journal)--Sometime this week, University of Louisville expects to receive the NCAA's notice of allegations, the organization's outline of its findings at the conclusion of an investigation.

Now that the long part of the NCAA investigation process is complete, things will move quickly, right?

Not necessarily.

Here is how the road plays out from here (using information provided by multiple sources and the NCAA):

Step 1: The NCAA begins its investigation, typically working with the member institution and its internal investigators. In this case, U of L hired former NCAA enforcement staffer Chuck Smrt and his company, The Compliance Group, to conduct its internal inquiry on Sept. 1, 2015.

Schools under investigation are invited and allowed to attend the NCAA's interviews throughout the investigation process. U of L had representatives at nearly all of the NCAA's interviews.

Step 2: The NCAA sends the institution its notice of allegations, an outline of the enforcement staff's findings.

Step 3: The institution has 90 days to respond to the notice and dispute any of the NCAA's findings.

Step 4: The NCAA then has another 60 days to review and reply to the institution's response.

Step 5: The case goes before the NCAA's committee on infractions, which hears arguments from the institution and the NCAA and determines the "facts of the case."

Step 6: The committee on infractions prescribes penalties and offers a written decision.

Step 7, if needed: If the institution appeals the penalties from the committee on infractions, a second committee - the aptly named committee on infractions appeals - reviews the case and conducts new hearings before making its own determinations re: violations and punishments.


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