Women’s basketball receives NCAA Notice of Inquiry
The title says most of what needs to be said. As you might guess, this relates to the NCAA violations EMU self-reported last September, dealing mainly with excessive practices and recruits participating in organized workouts.
While it’s certainly possible the NCAA thinks there’s more to uncover or, more likely, that someone at EMU either lied during the investigation or committed an intentional violation (which would also imply a lie, since all the implicated coaches said they didn’t know any better), it’s also entirely possible that this is just the Association following their normal procedure, dotting their “i”s and crossing their “t”s. The letter itself, received at EMU yesterday, is very non-specific, and in fact, is word-for-word the letter sent to North Carolina two months ago (the only differences being the dates, institution names, and addressees).
In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I’m inclined to believe that this is just the standard NCAA procedure. When North Carolina received their letter, that investigation had been ongoing for a full year, and UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said, “The notice of inquiry is a formal notification from the NCAA that they have been reviewing our football program. We have been working with the NCAA and cooperating with them on this investigation. We are committed to the process and will continue to cooperate.”
President Martin summed up EMU’s position today, which is really the official position of any institution in such a situation, saying, “Eastern Michigan University responded swiftly and decisively when we initially learned of this matter. We self-reported the violations and instituted self-imposed sanctions after conducting our internal investigation. The well-being of our student athletes and the integrity of our athletic programs are institutional priorities. We have cooperated fully with the NCAA and will continue to do so as the investigation continues.” AD Derrick Gragg, who’s background is in NCAA compliance, added that “Full compliance with all rules and regulations of the NCAA, the MAC, and Eastern Michigan University is our most important mission. We will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA, and will work through this matter until its resolution.”
At this point, I think there’s really no more to say about this. We’ll simply have to wait for additional announcements from the NCAA or from EMU to shed more light on this letter.