The NCAA announced today that NC State’s infractions case will be handled by the new independent body that is otherwise known as IARP. This removes the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions from the process—in theory removing the NCAA from the judgment entirely.
This is development was anticipated, as NC State had previously said it didn’t think the school could get a fair ruling from the NCAA after a contentious back-and-forth between the two parties.
The IARP is brand new and has handled zero cases—Memphis is the only other school in this pipeline right now—so it’s next to impossible to figure if this move is good or bad for NC State. No precedent exists; instead, NC State will help establish it. I think we can all agree that these are not the most reassuring circumstances.
In theory, the IARP should more competently assess infractions cases, but there’s no telling how its approach and interpretations may differ from the NCAA’s. And in practice, who knows if this will truly be an independent process.
There are countless unknowns and, as with all things NCAA-related, it’s complicated. If you’d like an alarmist take on this new process, Gregg Doyel has you covered in this piece he wrote a couple weeks back. If you already had the sense that NC State is going to get screwed, well, that ain’t gonna change your mind.