LSU infractions case will be resolved through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process

September 23, 2020

A request for referral of the infractions case involving LSU to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process was granted by the Infractions Referral Committee. Consistent with rules and procedures governing the process, details about the matter will remain confidential until the Independent Resolution Panel releases its decision.

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process is comprised of independent investigators, advocates and adjudicators who are responsible for reviewing select infractions cases in Division I. The IARP was created in response to recommendations issued by the Commission on College Basketball.


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Case Procedural Timeline

Louisiana State University

Referral Request Process

07.15.20 Referral Request by NCAA Vice President of Enforcement

July 15, 2020, the NCAA vice president of enforcement requested the Infractions Referral Committee refer the LSU infractions case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

08.18.20 Referral Responses Submitted

August 18, 2020, the parties submitted responses to the enforcement staff’s referral request. 

  • The chair designee for the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, submitted a response to the referral request.
  • LSU submitted LSU’s response to the referral request.
  • The head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter responding to the enforcement staff’s referral request.

 

08.28.20 IRC Met to Consider Referral Request

August 28, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee met to consider the referral request.

09.11.20 IRC Met to Consider Referral Request

September 11, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee met to consider the referral request.

09.18.20 IRC Met to Consider Referral Request

September 18, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee met to consider the referral request.

09.23.20 IRC Referred Case to IARP

September 23, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee referred the LSU infractions case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

10.01.20 IAOC Appointed CCU and IRP Members

October 1, 2020, Independent Accountability Oversight Committee appointed hearing panel members and the Complex Case Unit, which is comprised primarily of external investigators and external advocates.

10.12.20 LSU Submitted Letter Regarding Investigation

October 12, 2020, LSU submitted a letter regarding the investigation.

10.21.20 NCAA Responded to LSU

October 21, 2020, the NCAA managing director of infractions appeals committees responded to LSU regarding the identification of the primary contact assigned to the Complex Case Unit.

Case Management Plan Development

11.25.20 CCU and LSU Submitted Proposed Scheduling Deadlines

November 25, 2020, the Complex Case Unit and LSU submitted proposed scheduling deadlines.

12.12.20 IRP Requested Clarification On Proposed Scheduling Deadlines

December 15, 2020, the chief panel member sent a letter to the parties concerning the time period for completing the investigation.

12.18.20 CCU and LSU Responded to Clarification Request

December 18, 2020, the Complex Case Unit and LSU submitted responses regarding the investigation completion date.

01.05.21 Case Management Plan Issued

January 5, 2021, the chief panel member issued a case management plan.

Investigation

02.16.21 CCU Submitted Letter to Head Men’s Basketball Coach

February 16, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a letter to the head men’s basketball coach regarding a discovery issue.

 

02.17.21 Extension Request Submitted by Head Men’s Basketball Coach

February 17, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted an extension request.

 

02.24.21 Additional Information Requested by Chief Panel Member

February 24, 2021, the chief panel member requested additional information regarding the extension request.

02.26.21 CCU and LSU Responded to Request for More Information

February 26, 2021, the Complex Case Unit and LSU submitted a response to the chief panel member’s request.

03.01.21 Extension Granted

March 1, 2021, the chief panel member granted an extension request. On that same day, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter to the Complex Case Unit concerning a discovery issue.

 

03.09.21 Correspondence from CCU

March 9, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a letter concerning a discovery issue.

03.16.21 Correspondence From Head Men’s Basketball Coach

March 16, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter to the Complex Case Unit regarding a discovery issue.

 

03.19.21 CCU Responded to Head Men’s Basketball Coach

March 19, 2021, the Complex Case Unit responded to the head men’s basketball coach’s letter concerning a discovery issue.

 

03.24.21 Correspondence From Head Men’s Basketball Coach

March 24, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter to the Complex Case Unit regarding the investigation and documents.

 

03.29.21 Correspondence From Head Men's Basketball Coach

March 29, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter to the Complex Case Unit regarding production of documents.

 

04.07.21 Status Conference

April 7, 2021, the chief panel member held a case management plan status conference.

04.12.21 Status Conference Report

April 12, 2021, the chief panel member issued a case management plan status conference report.

04.12.21 Extension Request Submitted by Head Men’s Basketball Coach

April 12, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a request for an extension.

 

04.16.21 Extension Request Granted

April 16, 2021, the chief panel member granted the extension request from the head men’s basketball coach.

 

04.23.21 CCU Provided Status Update

April 23, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a letter regarding the status of the outstanding discovery disputes.

04.28.21 Correspondence from LSU and Head Men’s Basketball Coach

April 28, 2021, LSU submitted a letter regarding the parties’ position on whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases and its intent to further evaluate the issue. On that same day, the head men’s basketball coach made a formal request to the chief panel member for remedial measures concerning document production.

 

05.04.21 IRC Issued Deadline

May 4, 2021, the chief panel member acknowledged receipt of certain documents and requested that the Complex Case Unit and LSU respond to the head men’s basketball coach’s arguments and remedies by May 11, 2021.

05.11.21 CCU Responded

May 11, 2021, the Complex Case Unit provided its response to the head men’s basketball coach’s arguments and remedies. Additionally, the head men’s basketball coach requested that the chief panel member hold a status conference to discuss these procedural issues.

05.20.21 Pre-Hearing Procedural Issues Conference

May 20, 2021, the chief panel member conducted a pre-hearing procedural issues conference.

06.15.21 Resolution of Procedural Issues

June 15, 2021, the chief panel member issued a Resolution of Pre-hearing Procedural Issues.

07.01.21 Correspondence From Head Men’s Basketball Coach

July 1, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter regarding the meeting and discussions between the parties.

 

07.14.21 IRP Requested Information On Case Management Plan Status Conference

July 14, 2021, the chief panel member acknowledged receipt of certain documents and requested information regarding the case management plan status conference.

07.15.21 Correspondence From NCAA Vice President for Hearing Operations

July 15, 2021, the NCAA vice president of hearing operations submitted a letter concerning potential or actual conflicts of interest.

07.27.21 CCU Proposed Amendment to Case Management Plan

July 27, 2021, the Complex Case Unit proposed an amendment to the case management plan.

07.29.21 Amended Case Management Plan Issued

July 29, 2021, the chief panel member issued an amended case management plan no. 1. On that same day, LSU submitted a renewed request for whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases and the Complex Case Unit submitted a letter requesting the release of certain records.

08.03.21 Timeline Established to Produce Documents

August 3, 2021, the chief panel member established a timeline for the production of documents.

08.05.21 Correspondence From Head Men’s Basketball Coach

August 5, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter regarding the request for certain records.

 

08.06.21 IRP Directed CCU to Respond to LSU Bifurcation Request

August 6, 2021, the chief panel member directed the Complex Case Unit to respond to LSU’s renewed request for whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases.

08.13.21 Correspondence to IRC

August 13, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach and assistant men’s basketball coaches submitted a letter to the Infractions Referral Committee concerning the investigation. On that same day, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a letter regarding document production.

 

08.16.21 Pre-Hearing Procedural Issues Conference

August 16, 2021, the chief panel member conducted a pre-hearing procedural issues conference.

08.17.21 Response from IRC

August 17, 2021, the chair of the Infractions Referral Committee responded to the letter from the head men’s basketball coach and assistant men’s basketball coaches.

 

08.19.21 Correspondence to IAOC

August 19, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach and assistant men’s basketball coaches submitted a letter to the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee concerning the investigation.

 

08.20.21 Resolution of Procedural Issues

August 20, 2021, the chief panel member issued a Resolution of Pre-hearing Procedural Issues.

08.24.21 CCU Responded to LSU Bifurcation Request

August 24, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted its response to LSU’s renewed request for whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases.

08.27.21 Additional Records Submitted

August 27, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted certain records and communications to the chief panel member which it withheld from the Complex Case Unit.

08.31.21 Correspondence from IAOC

August 31, 2021, the chair of the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee issued a response regarding the letter from the head men’s basketball coach and assistant men’s basketball coaches.

 

09.10.21 Conference Regarding LSU’s Bifurcation Request

September 10, 2021, the chief panel member conducted a conference regarding LSU’s renewed request for whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases.

09.20.21 CCU Requested Review by IRP

September 20, 2021, the Complex Case Unit requested that the chief panel member review certain records and communications withheld from the Complex Case Unit.

 

09.24.21 IRP Issued Resolution of Pre-hearing Procedural Issues

September 24, 2021, the chief panel member issued a Resolution of Pre-hearing Procedural Issues.

09.30.21 Chief Panel Member Responds to CCU

September 30, 2021, the chief panel member responded to the Complex Case Unit’s September 20, 2021, request to review certain records and communications withheld from the Complex Case Unit.

09.30.21 Parties Receive Copy of Procedural Case Timeline

September 30, 2021, the parties were provided a copy of the procedural case timeline and notified of the date of the publication of the timelines on the iarpcc.org webpage.

10.06.21 CCU Notifies Chief Panel Member

October 6, 2021, the Complex Case Unit notified the chief panel member regarding its concerns related to the redaction of produced documents.

10.12.21 Chief Panel Member Requests Information

October 12, 2021, the chief panel member requested information from a party to identify the information that has been redacted from the records.

10.13.21 Response to Chief Panel Member's Request

October 13, 2021, a party responded to the chief panel member’s request from October 12, 2021.

10.19.21 Chief Panel Member Holds Case Management Plan Conference

October 19, 2021, the chief panel member held a case management plan conference.

10.27.21 Chief Panel Member Issues Report

October 27, 2021, the chief panel member issued a report regarding the October 19, 2021, case management plan status conference which contained the actions and deadlines agreed to by the parties.

11.1.21 Chief Panel Member Determines Relevant Records Must Be Turned Over to CCU

November 1, 2021, the chief panel member determined that relevant records previously withheld from the Complex Case Unit, must be turned over to the Complex Case Unit.

11.3.21 Chief Panel Member Reminds Parties of Determinations

November 3, 2021, the chief panel member reminded the parties of his August 20, 2021, determinations regarding whether the case will proceed as one infractions case or as multiple separate cases.

11.4.21 Head Men's Basketball Coach Responds

November 4, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach responded to the chief panel member’s November 1, 2021, communication.

11.5.21 CCU Receives Previously Withheld Records

November 5, 2021, the chief panel member notified the parties that the Complex Case Unit received previously withheld records.

11.8.21 Chief Panel Member Notifies Parties of Case Management Status Conference

November 8, 2021, the chief panel member notified the parties that a case management plan status conference will be scheduled. On the same day, the Complex Case Unit confirmed receipt of records.

11.30.21 Chief Panel Member Provides Agenda

November 30, 2021, the chief panel member provided the agenda for the case management plan status conference.

12.1.21 Chief Panel Member Holds Case Management Plan Conference

December 1, 2021, the chief panel member held a case management plan status conference.

12.6.21 Chief Panel Member Issues Report

December 6, 2021, the chief panel member issued a report regarding the December 1, 2021, case management plan status conference which contained the actions and deadlines agreed to by the parties.

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