Been through the document a couple of times now. Here are a few notes of interest, and I’ll have much more extensive follow-up early Tuesday.
More to come as I continue reading though this and talking to sources.
This is not, as they say, my first rodeo with this NCAA stuff.
But despite an alarming level of excitement at the prospect of wading through the lawyerly muck that pervades documents such as this one, I’ve been unable to find anything even mildly surprising in IU’s response to the failure to monitor charge.
Which is to say: this is basically IU saying again that it did monitor and then providing, in only slightly more detail that it has previously, evidence to support that claim.
Most of what the university’s lawyers state is this letter is reiteration, often with more evidence or a different emphasis. There’s not a lot of new news.
The executive summary of primary arguments, found on page four (or below, where I’ve embedded it), does its job nicely. Both because it outlines IU’s argument and captures the general tenor of the response: just because we didn’t find the calls right away doesn’t mean we weren’t monitoring and . . . Please believe us! Or else.
It’s clear from the tone of the writing that IU is trying to be respectful of the NCAA but will not simply bow down to it.
IU states that it’s compliance measures far exceeded those of similar institutions, and that only four of the impermissible calls could have been caught by those measures (even though they eventually were caught by an intern, a fact IU puffs its chest about repeatedly.) The rest of the calls, it claims, were purposefully hidden by the coaches, and would have evaded even the most stringent monitoring efforts.
That’s really the crux of the argument.Â As it has been for some time.
Let me give this a further read and get back to you. In the meanwhile, share your thoughts.
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