The University of Louisville has officially received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA.
According to a report by Danielle Lerner of The Athletic, the school has received its NOA pertaining to the men’s basketball program and is preparing to release a statement and announce a press conference in the immediate future.
The University of Louisville has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA pertaining to the men's basketball program, @TheAthletic has confirmed through multiple sources. The school plans to send out a release and announce a press conference shortly.
— Danielle Lerner (@danielle_lerner) May 4, 2020
Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Louisville’s notice contains one Level One allegation against the university, while Rick Pitino is facing a Level Two allegation.
Sources: Louisville Notice of Allegations contains one Level One allegation against the university, which is the most serious in nature. Rick Pitino, recently hired at Iona, faces a Level Two allegation. Notice should be released shortly.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) May 4, 2020
For those keeping track at home, Level One allegations are the most significant and fall under the “Severe Breach of Conduct” category, which features violations that:
- Seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of college sports.
- Provide or are intended to provide a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage.
- Are a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit.
They can also include the following:
- Lack of institutional control.
- Academic misconduct.
- Failure to cooperate with an NCAA investigation.
- Unethical conduct.
- Violation of head coach responsibility rules.
- Payment to recruits.
- Booster involvement in recruiting with member knowledge.
- Intentional violations.
- Collective Level II and/or Level III violations.
Last year, Yahoo Sports! reported that multiple schools were expected to be facing notice of allegations, with Louisville being included among the likes of Kansas, Arizona, and LSU, among numerous others.
Those expected to be in the crosshairs and face the most significant penalties include: Louisville, North Carolina State, Kansas, Arizona, LSU, USC, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Auburn. TCU, Creighton and Clemson all also had assistant coaches implicated in the scandal and could face sanctions.
Kansas, NC State, South Carolina, Southern California, TCU, Oklahoma State, and now, Louisville, have already received their notices, while ESPN’s Dick Vitale reported at the time of HBO’s debut of The Scheme – a documentary highlighting former agent and middleman Christian Dawkins and his involvement in the corruption inside college basketball – that LSU and Arizona are set to face significant penalties in the near future, as well.
“Many naysayers claim the NCAA enforcement staff will not do anything in relation to the sleazy stuff shown during The Scheme and the hoop trials,” Vitale said. “Trust me, reliable sources tell me that LSU and Arizona basketball will be hit with MAJOR allegations by the NCAA.”
Many naysayers claim the @NCAA enforcement staff will not do anything in relation to the sleazy stuff shown during The SCHEME & the hoop trials . Trust me reliable sources tell me that LSU & ARIZONA basketball will be hit with MAJOR allegations by the NCAA .
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 2, 2020
Get your popcorn ready.