USF athletics: No record of NCAA inquiry
One day after an online report that USF's men's basketball program was being investigated by the NCAA, the school's athletic department said it has received no notice of inquiry from the NCAA, a precursor to any investigation.
"We have nothing," USF assistant athletic director Chris Freet said Friday afternoon in response to a public records request the Times filed Thursday with the university's Office of the General Counsel, asking for a notice of inquiry from the NCAA. USF, as a public institution, would be legally obligated to produce such a document if it existed.
The NCAA has a policy of not confirming any investigations and USF has declined to comment on the matter beyond Freet's response and an initial statement that the school would "carefully review the issues raised" and address anything that warranted action. But NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said Friday that if USF's athletic department were being investigated by the NCAA, it would have a notice of inquiry.
"A formal investigation does not start until a notice of inquiry is sent out," Osburn said.
AOL's sports site, Fanhouse.com, cited unnamed sources in reporting Friday that USF was being investigated by the NCAA for alleged violations in the Bulls' men's basketball program.