By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville has requested referral of its case against the NCAA regarding alleged violations in the men’s basketball program to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process. According to U of L, this development is the latest step in the ongoing NCAA enforcement matter.

“The university expects to receive a decision from the Infractions Referral Committee and ultimately looks forward to the fair resolution of this case,” U of L said on its NCAA Notice website.

This referral follows the university receiving the NCAA enforcement staff’s response to the institution’s response to the Notice of Allegations issued in May 2020.

The NCAA response, received by U of L on Dec. 7, dismissed the university’s argument and rejected its claimed status as a victim of a criminal conspiracy. “It also disagrees with the notion that Adidas was not acting in U of L’s interests when executives in the company were connected to the recruiting fraud probe,” according to Louisville Business First.

The Notice of Allegations included one Level I and three Level II violations relating to the sex and recruitment scandal under former head coach Rick Pitino. The university challenged these allegations Sept. 16 and maintained that they are not supported by facts or NCAA bylaws.

The university is currently waiting for a response from the Infractions Referral Committee to move forward with reaching a resolution to the case.

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