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NCAA investigators are going back to school

Aug 10, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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NCAA enforcement seems arbitrary and out-of-touch with reality at times.

Apparently, interim NCAA enforcement chief Jonathan Duncan has noticed the same thing, and he has a pretty straightforward way of addressing the problem. He’s sending his staff back to campus. Not piecemeal as part of emerging investigations, but in a more collaborative, immersive way designed to promote some understanding of the challenges colleges and athletes face on the ground.

“One of the things I hear is that our staff sometimes lacks an understanding of what campus life is really like,” Duncan told the Associated Press. “So we are piloting a program where our staff will work on campus with athletic directors, compliance staff members and coaches and walk in their shoes so that we have a true understanding of what goes on.”

The relationship between athletic departments and the NCAA has often been distant and combative. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney recently declared that the NCAA needs to undergo a major restructuring, as the challenges of realignment and a re-examining of amateur principles as a whole are making headlines on a near-daily basis.
At Big Ten football media day last month, Delany listed four commitments that must be made to the scholarship student-athlete: giving them a “lifetime opportunity” to graduate in the event they leave school early; making sure that time demands for athletics don’t exceed the 20 hours per week allowed under the rules; helping the “at-risk” athlete; and paying athletes.
With all of that on the table, and the ever-present threat that mega-conferences might break away and form an exclusive elite division, it might be a good idea for the NCAA to do everything they can to understand what’s at play. Spending more time on campus with coaches, athletes and administrators seems like a good place to start.

  1. going4iton4th - Aug 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Way to go NCAA, athletes don’t compete in the 1950′s anymore and you are willing to wake up from your Rip Van Winkle slumber party and do something about it!

    • josephschlag - Aug 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      We need to consider the fact that these kids for the most part are not student athletes anymore. Most of these kids never even see the inside of a classroom If you want to pay them to play ball, than start a minor league system. Like baseball. so they are not getting double pay. These kids are getting full scholarships, plus taking grants, and financial aid. They are living life to the fullest, invited to all the big parties, driving the nicest cars and dating the best women. Now some of you would like to see them get paid even more. Universities are here to educate not to pay these kids. Most of which would never graduate. Most not all of these kids can’t even stay out of trouble with the law. This is what you want for future leaders of your communities. This is what you want your kids to look up too.

      • kingghidora - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Spoken like a true North Carolina fan! Get caught cheating? Just claim they all do it. Simple. You don’t seem to get it that the reason so many want change is they are tired of the two tiered system in the NCAA where certain teams get away with murder and others get hammered for sneezing too loud. The examples are legion – Corey Maggette, fake classes at North Carolina, Miami, Ohio St. players getting to play in a bowl game despite getting caught breaking rules, Cam Newton, Lance Thomas, etc. compared to schools that get sanctions on no evidence at all like Kentucky. I defy you to show me any real evidence why they nearly got the death penalty in 1989. Do you know how much money UK assistant coach Dwayne Casey got in his slander lawsuit against Emory Express over that supposed $1000 package that fell open? No one knows actually except Casey and the other people involved in the case. They kept it secret. Basically they paid him enough to not mention how bad they railroaded him. It was in the millions. You can bet on that. I bet you think UK was actually guilty of that stupid crap. Then there was Jerry Tarkanian. You just aren’t supposed to win if you coach at the wrong school. Tark got in trouble for coaching at Long Beach and winning while the big time program 20 miles up the road at UCLA got away with paying players like crazy. Yet we still hear what a great guy Wooden was. Yeah he was great at cheating.

        It was John Calipari that first brought all this up about splitting off from the NCAA you know. I wonder why he would do something like that? Could it be that he is tired of being slandered about cheating when other schools, like UNC, cheat like mad. You think you know that players don’t attend class. You are dead wrong about UK players not going to class. They do and they excel in the classroom. They were one of a handful of schools honored recently for their achievements in the classroom. But I bet you think they are the cheaters.

        People are tired of that lame junk. You’re so far wrong it’s amazing. And I’d bet you are a UNC or a Duke fan claiming it’s ok to cheat. No wonder. Your team has been caught with their pants down and now the whole world knows who the real cheaters are.

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