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Departures sap strength of NCAA enforcement
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 14, 2013 @ 2:24 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO — On June 3, attorneys who represent schools and coaches in NCAA infractions cases were invited to Indianapolis for an informal gathering with the association’s beleaguered enforcement staff.
The main purpose of the meeting, according to multiple people who participated, was to discuss the NCAA’s new penalty structure that will take effect in August and some of the deregulation initiatives that President Mark Emmert has been pursuing. And, according to two of those people, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the meeting was supposed to be confidential, every important aspect of the discussion was led by veteran enforcement official Rachel Newman Baker.
One week later, Newman Baker took a compliance job at the University of Kentucky, leaving the NCAA after 12 years.
The loss of Newman Baker, the managing director of enforcement for development and investigations, is the latest in a string of departures from the NCAA’s enforcement staff.
In February, head of enforcement Julie Roe Lach was forced out after the NCAA’s admission that it improperly collected information in the Miami (Fla.) investigation. Since then, three investigators with significant experience on high-profile cases have left for on-campus compliance jobs: Dave Didion to Auburn, Chance Miller to South Carolina and Marcus Wilson to Maryland.
The sudden drain of institutional knowledge has left many high-ranking college athletics officials concerned not just about whether the NCAA has enough manpower left enforce rules, but also whether those investigating cases have enough experience to do the job credibly and fairly.
“I think that’s a serious concern,” Ohio State senior associate athletics director Heather Lyke Catalano said. “There’s key people (gone) who have not only had historical knowledge but a level of experience. There is a concern. You want to have confidence in the organization.”
Whether the situation can be fixed has been a significant topic this week in Orlando, where the national associations of athletics directors and compliance officials are holding their annual conventions.
According to a person involved in NCAA infractions cases, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the fear of retribution, there already were significant concerns among member … [For more on Departures sap strength of NCAA enforcement, click here.]
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