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Breaking Cardinal Rules investigation: What's at stake?

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The NCAA and the University of Louisville are  investigating Katina Powell's salacious allegations. But what does the investigation entail and how long will the investigation take?

When it comes to the NCAA one size doesn't fit all. There's no way of telling just how long the investigation into Katina Powell's allegations could take. It varies -- depending on how serious the allegations are, how many witnesses there are and if those witnesses -- including the school itself --cooperates.

Let's talk about the investigation -- that's where UofL currently sits in the process. This is where things could drag on. Take the University of Miami for example -- and the infamous Nevin Shapiro scandal. UM was notified in August 2011 of the NCAA investigation, but it wasn't until almost two years later that UM received the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA.

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That's the next step in the process. Once that happens UofL would be notified of any bylaws or rules the NCAA believes the institution, staff or athletes violated. This part of the process is not disclosed to the public. It would be up to UofL athletics staff to decide if infractions are made public. This is where the institution has the option of self-imposing penalties, before the NCAA drops the hammer. This is what Miami did, imposing a two-year bowl ban.

All individuals notified in the notice of allegations can either agree to the allegations or file a response and appear before the Committee on Infractions.

Next step is a hearing. The Committee of Infractions is made up of members from NCAA conference and institutions and other unaffiliated parties. The committee meets about six times a year and those hearings typical last a day or two.

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Six to eight weeks later -- the Committee will publicly release its final report. Violations will be outlined and penalties will be laid out.

All parties named in the final report then have two weeks to appeal. The appeal process time varies but the ultimate decision is final. 

So as you can see, there's still a long road ahead for the famed UofL basketball program, coach Rick Pitino and the Cards Nation as a whole.

This is not the first "black eye" for UofL's men's basketball program.  The NCAA banned the team from postseason play in 1998 and put the school on three years' probation due to rule violations. The violations ranged from extra benefits, recruiting, financial aid, institutional control and ethical conduct. During this time the Division-One Committee on Infractions also reduced the number of scholarships for the men's basketball program.

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