When Georgia Tech had its in-person hearing with the NCAA appeals committee in November, school officials were told they should expect to receive the verdict in 60 to 90 days.
The 90-day mark passed last Saturday with no word back yet from the NCAA. Friday, NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said in an e-mail there was no update on the appeal. Tech associate athletic director Wayne Hogan said in an e-mail that the school has not heard from the NCAA.
Those trying to read into the delay won’t find much affirmation from Michael Buckner, an attorney who has represented schools and coaches in NCAA sanctions cases. Sometimes, he said, a delay is just a delay.
“I’ve been through this several times with the appeals committee,” he said. “They’ve always taken a little bit more time than what they originally have estimated.”
USC had its in-person hearing with the NCAA appeals committee in Jan. 2011 and was given a window of four to eight weeks. The verdict denying the school’s appeal arrived in May. Memphis made its in-person appeal regarding its basketball team in late Jan. 2010 and was told the answer would likely arrive in four to six weeks. The school received notice that its appeal was rejected after a seven-week wait.
One reason Bucker gave for the delay is the backlog of appeals that the committee may have to consider.
“One thing I always tell my clients in the appeals process, I’d rather them take their time and get it right than rush through it and not do a good job,” said Buckner.