Although little can be learned from the most recent updates, it’s worth noting that the Independent Accountability Resolution Process on Tuesday added four new entries to KU’s timeline on the IARP’s website which documents the movement in KU’s infractions case.
All four entries occurred in March of 2022, with two of them coming during the Jayhawks’ run to the NCAA title.
On March 3, when KU defeated TCU at home, the IARP website states that the parties submitted a letter providing additional information regarding information discussed in the February 28, 2022, status conference.
Until this week, that Feb. 28 update had been the most recent to appear on the IARP website. No details have been provided about what was discussed during the status conference.
Roughly two weeks later, on March 16, one day before KU opened play in the NCAA Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, the entry notes that the chief panel member responded to the parties’ requests discussed in the Feb. 28, 2022, status conference.
On March 23, the parties requested an extension regarding matters related to modification of the case management plan and, on the same day, the chief panel member granted that extension request.
One week later, on March 30, three days after KU punched its ticket for the Final Four in New Orleans, the site indicates that the parties submitted correspondence about certain requests regarding the submission of an amended notice of allegations — again, no specifics were given — and requests related to document production and the case management plan.
NCAA Bylaw 19.01.4 states that institutions and involved parties, including any representative or counsel, may not comment on the details or substance of any pending infractions cases.
The NCAA’s case against KU, which includes allegations of five Level 1 infractions, a charge of head coach responsibility and a tag of lack of institutional control, was officially accepted by the IARP on July 1, 2020, nearly one year after KU received its initial notice of allegations from the NCAA in September 2019.
In April of 2021, the NCAA announced that final rulings in all six cases on the IARP path were expected in the next 12 months. However, just one of the six cases has reached resolution. Last December, North Carolina State was placed on probation for one year following an IARP ruling over recruiting violations.
Memphis, KU, Arizona, LSU and Louisville are the five institutions with infractions cases still being reviewed by the newly formed IARP, which was created specifically to handle complex cases related to the recent FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting.
All rulings by the IARP are final and not subject to appeal, which is different from rulings handed down by the more traditional NCAA Committee on Infractions.
There remains no known timeline for a ruling in any of the other five cases, and several people involved with college athletics, including outgoing NCAA President Mark Emmert, have expressed frustration over how long the IARP process has taken.
“By anybody’s estimation, they’ve taken way too long,” Emmert said at the Final Four in early April.
Svi staying in Toronto
Former Kansas sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk has picked up a $1.9 million player option to remain with the Toronto Raptors for the 2022-23 NBA season, according to a report from NBA insider Shams Charania.
Mykhailiuk, who recently returned to Lawrence to participate in the annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic event, signed a 2-year, $3.6 million deal with the Raptors in the summer of 2021.
He told the Journal-World while he was in town that he enjoyed being in Tornoto, particularly because of the environment in and around the city. At the time, he was unsure what was next for him in the NBA and he said he and his agent were in the process of figuring that out while he was in Lawrence.
In 56 games with the Raptors last season, Mykhailiuk, 25, averaged 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game.
However, the career 36% 3-point shooter shot just 30.6% from 3-point range during his first season with Toronto, which was his fourth team in four full seasons in the league.
Sherron Collins is not the only former KU point guard vying to lead the Free State High basketball team into action next sea-son.
Tyshawn Taylor, who helped lead the Jayhawks to a national runner-up finish in 2012, is hoping to join Collins’ staff with the Firebirds next season, Collins told the Journal-World on Wednesday.
The move to add Taylor to his first FSHS coaching staff still must be approved by the school board. If it is, Collins said Taylor may be in line to be the Firebirds’ head junior varsity coach while helping his former teammate coach the varsity team, as well.
Collins and Taylor have been working together to run Free State basketball camps throughout the past couple of weeks and Collins told the Journal-World that the response to his coaching style from the campers had been phenomenal so far.