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

March 4, 2020

A request for referral of the infractions case involving the University of Memphis 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

University of Memphis

Referral Request Process

11.22.19 Referral Requested by NCAA Vice President of Enforcement

November 22, 2019, NCAA vice president of enforcement requested the Infractions Referral Committee refer the Memphis infractions case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

12.11.19 Extension Requested by Memphis

December 11, 2019, Memphis requested an extension to submit its response to the enforcement staff’s referral request.

12.13.19 IRC Granted Extension to Memphis

December 13, 2019, the Infractions Referral Committee issued a letter granting Memphis’ request.

01.15.20 Memphis Submitted Response

January 15, 2020, Memphis submitted its response to the referral request.

01.17.20 COI Submitted Response

January 17, 2020, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions submitted its response to the enforcement staff’s referral request.

01.31.20 IRC Met Regarding Referral Request

January 31, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee met to consider the referral request.

03.04.20 IRC Referred Case to the IARP

March 4, 2020, the Infractions Referral Committee referred the Memphis infractions case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

Case Management Plan Development

04.08.20 IAOC Appointed CCU and IRP Members

April 8, 2020, Independent Accountability Oversight Committee appointed hearing panel members and the Complex Case Unit, which is comprised primarily of external investigators and external advocates.

06.16.20 CCU and Memphis Submitted Scheduling Deadlines

June 16, 2020, the Complex Case Unit and Memphis submitted proposed scheduling deadlines.

07.17.20 IRP Requested Clarifications

July 17, 2020, the chief panel member requested clarifications from the parties regarding the proposed scheduling deadlines.

07.31.20 CCU and Memphis Submitted Clarifications

July 31, 2020, the Complex Case Unit and Memphis submitted clarifications regarding the proposed scheduling deadlines.

08.18.20 Case Management Plan Issued

August 18, 2020, the chief panel member issued a case management plan.

Investigation

10.08.20 CCU and Memphis Requested Case Management Plan Amendment

October 8, 2020, the Complex Case Unit and Memphis submitted a request to amend the case management plan.

10.15.20 Amended Case Management Plan Issued

October 15, 2020, the chief panel member issued an amended case management plan no. 1.

12.17.20 Correspondence from President of Memphis

December 17, 2020, the President of Memphis submitted a letter regarding interactions during the investigation.

12.22.20 Correspondence from CCU and IRP to President of Memphis

December 22, 2020, the Complex Case Unit provided a response regarding interactions during the investigation. On that same day, the chief panel member provided a response to the President of Memphis regarding interactions during the investigation and requested additional information.

12.23.20 Correspondence from IRP to CCU

December 23, 2020, the chief panel member provided a response to the Complex Case Unit.

12.30.20 Correspondence from President of Memphis

December 30, 2020, the President of Memphis submitted a second letter regarding interactions during the investigation.

01.11.21 Response from IRP to President of Memphis

January 11, 2021, the chief panel member provided a response to the second letter regarding interactions during the investigation.

01.31.21 Extension Request from Memphis

January 31, 2021, Memphis submitted an extension request.

02.01.21 CCU Responds to Extension Request

February 1, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a response to Memphis’ extension request.

02.04.21 Amended Case Management Plan Issued

February 4, 2021, the chief panel member issued an amended case management plan no. 2.

02.19.21 CCU Investigation Completed

February 19, 2021, the Complex Case Unit provided notification of completion of the investigation.

03.19.21 IRP Issued Status Update

March 19, 2021, the chief panel member provided a status update letter.

Notice of Allegations Issuance and Responses

04.19.21 Notice of Allegations Issued

April 19, 2021, the Complex Case Unit issued a Notice of Allegations.

05.19.21 Correspondence from IRP

May 19, 2021, the chief panel member issued a letter to the head men’s basketball coach’s counsel requesting clarification about client representation. On that same day, the head men’s basketball coach’s counsel submitted a response regarding client representation.

06.02.21 Extension Request from Memphis

June 2, 2021, Memphis submitted a request for an extension and request for clarification of procedural matters.

06.15.21 Extension Request from Head Men's Basketball Coach

June 15, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted a request for clarification and extension of time to respond to the Notice of Allegations.

06.18.21 CCU Responded to Memphis

June 18, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a response to the June 2, 2021, request from Memphis for clarification of procedural matters.

06.21.21 IRP Grants Extension

June 21, 2021, the chief panel member granted the extension requests to respond to the Notice of Allegations from Memphis and the head men’s basketball coach.

06.22.21 CCU Responded to Head Men's Basketball Coach

June 22, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a response to the head men’s basketball coach’s June 15, 2021, request for clarification and extension of time.

06.22.21 IRP Responded to Memphis

June 22, 2021, the chief panel member provided responses to the June 2, 2021, requests from Memphis.

06.29.21 IRP Responded to Head Men's Basketball Coach

June 29, 2021, the chief panel member provided responses to the remaining June 15, 2021, requests from the head men’s basketball coach.

07.06.21 Memphis Responded to IRP

July 6, 2021, Memphis submitted a response to the chief panel member’s request for information regarding compliance with operating procedures.

07.09.21 Amended Notice of Allegations

July 9, 2021, the Complex Case Unit issued an Amended Notice of Allegations.

07.12.21 CCU Responded to Memphis

July 14, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a response to Memphis’ response regarding compliance with operating procedures.

07.15.21 Correspondence from NCAA Vice President of Hearing Operations

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

07.16.21 Memphis Responded to CCU

July 16, 2021, Memphis submitted a response to the Complex Case Unit’s response regarding compliance with operating procedures.

07.19.21 IRP Meeting

July 19, 2021, the chief panel member conducted a meeting with the panel members regarding a response regarding compliance with operating procedures to Memphis and the Complex Case Unit.

08.10.21 IRP Responded to Memphis and CCU

August 10, 2021, the chief panel member provided a response to Memphis and the Complex Case Unit.

08.11.21 Extension Request from Memphis

August 11, 2021, Memphis submitted an extension request.

08.16.21 Extension Request from Head Men's Basketball Coach

August 16, 2021, the head men’s basketball coach submitted an extension request.

08.16.21 Correspondence from Memphis

August 16, 2021, Memphis submitted a request to disregard part of their recent extension request.

08.20.21 IRP Responded to Memphis and Head Men's Basketball Coach

August 20, 2021, the chief panel member provided a response regarding compliance with operating procedures to Memphis and the head men’s basketball coach.

08.27.21 Request for Reconsideration from Memphis

August 27, 2021, Memphis submitted a request for reconsideration of the chief panel member’s response regarding compliance with operating procedures.

08.31.21 CCU Responded to Memphis

August 31, 2021, the Complex Case Unit submitted a response to Memphis’ request for reconsideration of the chief panel member’s response regarding compliance with operating procedures.

09.03.21 IRP Responded to Memphis

September 3, 2021, the chief panel member submitted a response to Memphis’ request for reconsideration of the chief panel member’s response regarding compliance with operating procedures.

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