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Reported Exchange Between NCAA VP and Auburn Coach: Case Not Over

Pete Thamel reported in a July 13, 2011, New York Times article that an interesting exchange occurred during last month’s Southeastern Conference meeting in Destin, Florida. According to Thamel (who learned of the event from persons attending the meeting), Julie Roe Lach, NCAA vice-president for enforcement, made a presentation to a SEC group that included every men’s basketball coach, football coach and athletic director. Lach “opened up the room for discussion, [and] Auburn’s football coach, Gene Chizik, raised his hand first”. The article recalled Chizik “peppered Roe Lach with a flurry of questions about the N.C.A.A.’s investigation into Cam Newton and why the N.C.A.A. had not publicly announced that the investigation was over. Chizik complained that the inquiry’s open-ended nature had hurt Auburn’s recruiting and he followed up at least three times, leading to a testy exchange”. In response, Lach informed the coach, “You’ll know when we’re finished. And we’re not finished.”

The NCAA is conducting an investigation into Auburn University’s football program (specifically, the allegations that former Auburn football student-athlete Cam Newton’s father (Cecil) offered his son’s services to Mississippi State University for $180,000).

The tense exchange between Lach and Chizik is symbolic of the new aggressiveness that the NCAA wants in enforcement.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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