'Breaking Cardinal Rules' and a history of notable NCAA investigations

Pitino received a subpoena for all documents and communications (emails, texts, phone records) from January 2014 until present.

In August 2015, the Louisville basketball program was informed of a book that could change its existence.

Former escort Katina Powell's "Breaking Cardinal Rules" called out coach Rick Pitino's program for improper benefits that included escapades with strippers who allegedly were paid for by staff members as a way to entice recruits to the program.

The NCAA investigation that followed those accusations should be coming to an end soon.

Louisville's interim president Greg Postel said in a statement (via the Courier-Journal) that the school received a "full and fair review of the facts" Thursday in a hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, and expects a resolution in six to eight weeks.

Which would mean it took the NCAA nearly 20 months to conclude its look into the Louisville program.

It feels like a long time, right? Maybe not for the NCAA. They are notorious for long and drawn-out investigations. Don't believe us? Take a look at the timelines of some other notable investigations the NCAA has conducted.

Miami football

As noted in "The U: Part Two," the Hurricane program was in harsh violation of many NCAA infractions and it was inevitable the program was going to take a hit over Nevin Shapiro ratted out the program. But it still took the NCAA two full years to bring it to a close. They began their investigation in February 2011 before concluding it in February 2013.

Oklahoma State football

After a series of stories published by Sports Illustrated claiming very similar violations to what Louisville is being accused of now, it took the NCAA 19 months (September 2013-April 2015) to come to an aggreement that the Cowboys basically did nothing wrong.

North Carolina athletics in general

This may be the biggest cold sore in the NCAA's mouth at the moment. After discovering in 2012 that the Tar Heels athletic program was enrolling students in Swahili and giving a lot of them B-pluses for classes they allegedly didn't attend once, the NCAA launched an investigation. That probe is still ongoing. It has been more than 61 months since the NCAA launched their investigation in March of 2012 and they still have not imposed any formal punishment.

SMU football's death penalty

The SMU football program was one of the best in the nation in the early 1980s, but rumors of payments to players and their families prompted an investigation that was launched sometime around 1983 and came to an end in 1987. SMU had to cancel its entire 1987 season and all of its home games for the 1988 season. The school was banned from bowl games for two years and has been to four bowl games since. It took the Mustangs exactly 20 years to get back to a bowl game after the sanctions.

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