Due to the coronavirus shutting down most of America, including the sports world, Baylor’s infractions panel hearing is just the latest event involving a Big 12 team to get postponed, as first reported by CBS Sports.
The NCAA has eliminated in-person contact at its Indianapolis headquarters through May 31 due to the coronavirus, which means Baylor will have to wait for its hearing. The hearing was originally scheduled for April.
Per CBS Sports, “if the case is not decided by the beginning of the 2020 season, there could be even more uncertainty regarding the investigation and how its results could impact the Bears.”
Of course these allegations of major violations stem from Art Briles’ time as the team’s head coach. It feels like a distant memory since Matt Rhule recently returned the Bears to national prominence with an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Since then, the Rhule became the head coach of the Carolina Panthers and the Bears opened their wallets for LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who has put together an impressive staff in the process.
As for timing, the infractions panel typically releases its final report 6-8 weeks after the hearing. A delay for Baylor might mean a final decision may not come down until 2021.
However, the NCAA can handle all other business remotely, such as deciding if they will allow players to transfer one time with no penalty, meaning they would be eligible to play immediately. Recommendations for that are expected next month.
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