Timeline of Key IARP-Related Dates and Actions

What began as a federal investigation into Adidas and several college basketball programs in Sept. 2017 eventually led to an NCAA investigation and a Notice of Allegations against NC State in July 2019. In February 2020, both NC State and the NCAA agreed to have the case moved to the newly formed Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP), an independent organization created in response to recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball for the purpose of reviewing select complex Division I infractions cases. The IARP accepted the case in May 2020 and began its process which included additional investigation. Following a final hearing in August 2021, the IARP released its final decision on Dec. 20, 2021. Below are key dates and actions with links to significant recent documents. This timeline includes some key dates included on the timeline released in 2018.

Sept. 26, 2017

The US Attorney’s Office announces a series of complaints against Adidas, several basketball programs and top prospects, making 10 arrests in an investigation surrounding intercollegiate basketball. NC State is not mentioned.

Oct. – Nov. 2017

Because NC State has an Adidas sponsorship relationship, NC State asks whether current basketball coaches as well as a number of former coaches had any knowledge of or involvement in any activity related to the allegations coming from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. (Those questioned included Mark Gottfried, Orlando Early, Butch Pierre, and Heath Schroyer).

All current and former coaches questioned stated they had neither any knowledge of nor involvement in activities related to the allegations referenced by the SDNY.

Oct. 5, 2017

NC State’s Deputy General Counsel communicates with Gottfried’s attorney; Gottfried states he had neither any knowledge of, nor involvement in the subject matter coming out of the SDNY and FBI investigations.

Jan. 16, 2018

Assistant U.S. Attorney for SDNY contacts General Counsel about forthcoming grand jury subpoena.

Jan 17, 2018

NC State’s General Counsel receives subpoena via email.

March 16, 2018

In consultation with the NC Attorney General’s Office, and against the position of the SDNY, NC State releases the subpoena to the media.

April 10, 2018

U.S. Attorneys for SDNY notify NC State’s Office of General Counsel via telephone of superseding indictments to be released listing NC State as a victim of a conspiracy to commit fraud as detailed in the indictments. No current or former NC State employees are the subject of an indictment.

April 17, 2018

NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson releases a letter to NC State community and timeline of history, and then-NC State Director of Athletics Debbie Yow releases statement/letter from athletics perspective.

Oct. 1, 2018

Federal Trial into college basketball corruption begins in the SDNY.

Fall of 2018

NCAA verbally provides Notice of Inquiry to NC State.

July 9, 2019

NC State receives formal NCAA Notice of Allegations (NOA).

Dec. 9, 2019

NC State provides the university’s response to the Notice of Allegations to the NCAA.

Feb. 14, 2020

NCAA Committee on Infractions files petition to request  referral of the case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process structure.

Feb. 19, 2020

Infractions Referral Committee notifies the parties of the NCAA Committee on Infraction’s request, and notifies them of the deadline to respond.

April 8, 2020

NC State submits the university’s Response to the NCAA Committee on Infractions Petition to refer the case to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

May 18, 2020

Infractions Referral Committee issues decision granting the NCAA Committee on Infractions’ request to refer matter to Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

June 11, 2020

NC State receives a letter from the Independent Accountability Oversight Committee regarding Assignment of Independent Resolution Panel (IRP).

February 1, 2021

The CCU submits Amended NOA.

May 3, 2021

NC State submits its Response to CCU’s Amended NOA.

June 1, 2021

CCU submits its Amended Written Reply to NC State’s Amended NOA Response.

July 13, 2021

NC State submits its Final Pre-hearing Submission Brief and Exhibits.

August 9 & 10, 2021

Hearing in Indianapolis.

Dec. 20, 2021

IARP decision released.