With the IARP now officially eliminated, it is time for the NCAA to do the right thing and finally move on from Arizona Basketball.
It has been a long five years since Arizona Basketball was first implicated in the FBI’s ‘pay for play’ scandal that rocked college basketball.
For years, a dark cloud has hung over the program, as the case against the Wildcats has been investigated by the FBI, the NCAA, and the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP).
Hoping for a resolution, it has been a long time in the making for Wildcats fans everywhere, but finally, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
Making news just days ago, it was announced by USA Today’s Dan Wolken that the NCAA was expected to “dismantle IARP and do away with postseason bans”.
If you may recall, the IARP has been reviewing the NCAA’s case against Arizona, including several alleged Level I recruiting violations committed by Arizona under Sean Miller. Unfortunately, there has been no update or progress since May.
Well, on Wednesday afternoon, it seems we may be closer than we thought as the NCAA has officially eliminated the IARP according to Ross Dellenger and Sports Illustrated.
So with the Independent Accountability Resolution Process officially gone, it is time for NCAA to move on from Arizona Basketball.
It has been a tumultuous time for Arizona Basketball the past few years, but if there were ever a time to let bygones be bygones, it is now.
The news of Arizona being implicated in the ‘pay for play’ scheme broke five years ago, and gone are Miller, assistant coach Book Richardson, and all the players that were allegedly (never proven guilty) to be involved.
Enough time has passed, and the time currently served with a lingering “stench” following the program has been punishment enough. The NCAA needs to move on.
At this point, you’re talking about potentially negatively impacting and punishing a program and kids so far removed from the initial situation, that it no longer makes any logical sense.
And with the changing landscape of college athletics (ahem… take a look at some of the current NIL payouts), it is time for the NCAA to drop everything and move on!