College basketball fans, be prepared for an interesting summer. According to a new report, six schools are set to be hit with allegations of serious NCAA violations in the coming months.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd spoke with Stan Wilcox, the NCAA’s vice president for regulatory affairs. Wilcox confirmed that six programs will receive Notice of Allegations which include suspected Level I violations.
Two of those schools will be served “by early July.” Wilcox declined to name any of the programs involved but said only schools involved in eligibility issues would be affected.
Level I violations constitute “a severe breach of conduct” and come with the harshest penalties the NCAA can levy on a school. They include possible loss of scholarships, postseason bans and show causes for coaches.
Significant news here via @dennisdoddcbs: High-ranking NCAA official goes on the record and declares that six schools will be slapped with Level I-grade notice of allegations this summer. Two high-profile programs will be served in a matter of weeks. https://t.co/cjx8zyx6Ju
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) June 12, 2019
While we don’t know the names of any of the schools yet, one can assume there will be some correlation between the schools receiving NOAs and those that were part of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport.
“I would just say that it’s clear when you look at the number of cases that were listed by the Southern District of New York, those numbers are more than likely be reflected in the number of cases that are going to be moving forward,” said Wilcox, a former Florida State athletic director and Notre Dame basketball player.
When the original FBI indictments were handed down in September 2017, there were reports that top head coaches would be implicated in wrongdoing.
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“Those top coaches that were mentioned in the trials where the information shows what was being said was a violation of NCAA rules, yes. They will be all part of these notices of allegations,” Wilcox said.
Louisville, Arizona and Kansas were the three highest-profile programs involved in the FBI probe, but there were a number of other major schools included as well.
We’ll find out soon enough.