The NCAA announced Wednesday that its infractions case against Kansas will be resolved by the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The Jayhawks' basketball program is accused of committing five Level I NCAA violations, all of which it challenged in a formal response to the NCAA.
Kansas requested that its case be referred to the IARP, which is comprised of independent investigators. CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd and Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde both confirmed in May that the case would be be headed to the new panel.
The IARP, created last year in response to recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball following the FBI's investigation into bribery and corruption in the sport, aims to minimize perceived conflicts of interest in the adjudication of complicated cases. Well, Kansas' case is certainly complicated. The program is facing a lack of institutional control allegation, while Hall of Fame coach Bill Self is facing a responsibility charge stemming from the FBI's investigation into bribery and corruption in the sport.
Rulings from the IARP cannot be appealed, and the investigative body has yet to set a precedent for how lenient or strict it will be with college basketball programs facing infractions cases. Both Memphis and NC State have yet to receive rulings on their respective cases.
Kansas isn't the only college basketball program dealing with NCAA infractions issues this summer. Oklahoma State received a one-year postseason ban last month, and Dodd reported in June that six programs are expected to be notified of major allegations this summer as the fallout from the FBI investigation continues.