NCAA announces sweeping changes to enforcement model
The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors announced Thursday that they plan on making changes to the current NCAA enforcement model. The NCAA also endorses a new penalty structure that could ban rule-breaking teams from postseason play for up to four years.
“Our intention is to make this real in October,” said Chair Ed Ray, president at Oregon State and chair of the working group which made the recommended changes. “We want the membership to have a final review. We will listen to compelling arguments for additional changes, but this is the recommendation with all the feedback we’ve gathered since our first report in January and second detailed report in April.”
If passed by the board, the recommendations would take effect August 1, 2013.
Among the recommendations: Switching from the current two-tier violation structure to four tiers, to provide more flexibility and increasing the size of the Committee on Infractions, which hears all the cases, from 10 up to 24.
The new recommendations would also hold head coaches accountable for violations that happen on their watch.
“Coaches come to me and say, ‘I feel like a chump,” Ray said. “I’m trying to do things the right way and I have peers who laugh at me because I don’t play the game and bend the rules the way they do.”