Jon Solomon, a columnist/enterprise reporter for The Birmingham News, authored a fascinating article on proposed changes to the NCAA enforcement process. The January 31, 2012, piece, “NCAA considers new enforcement plan for violators”, includes an interview with the NCAA vice-president for enforcement, Julie Roe Lach. Lach informed Solomon an NCAA working group is considering:
- Increasing the size of the Committee on Infractions.
- Permitting past or present university presidents, athletics directors and coaches to become members of the Committee on Infractions.
- Use four levels (most egregious, serious, secondary and minor) of violations instead of the current two categories (major and secondary).
- Implement penalty guidelines
Solomon’s article begins with the following:
The NCAA wants to become more predictable and efficient in enforcement cases while putting harder hits on serious offenders who risk cheating. Now there are proposals to show what this approach may look like. An NCAA working group recently unveiled preliminary recommendations that would produce clearer penalty guidelines, create four levels of violations, and add at least eight people to the 10-member Division I Committee on Infractions. Changes could happen by August as college sports tries to dig out from a rash of recent high-profile scandals.
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