In the wake of this story regarding a recent internal audit of the Ohio State University’s Compliance Department that found it was not doing enough to monitor the use of cars, uniforms and equipment by athletes, I thought it would be a good idea to see how the SEC schools’ compliance departments “stack up.” The report linked above says that the current compliance staff at tOSU consists of six full-time employees, with two openings, bringing the full roster to eight.
How do SEC schools compare to that?
Some quite well. Others, not so much. Here’s the list of SEC schools, ranked by the number of full time employees in the compliance department:
|University of Alabama||8|
|University of South Carolina||7|
|University of Arkansas||6|
|University of Florida||5|
|University of Georgia||4|
|University of Kentucky||4|
|Louisiana State University||4|
|Mississippi State University||4|
|University of Tennessee||4|
Alabama leads the conference with eight full time employees. Auburn is last with three full time employees. One has to wonder if Auburn is really behind their statement that “Compliance with NCAA and SEC rules is of utmost importance to Auburn University and its athletics department.” For God’s sake, they have fewer staffers in their compliance department than Vanderbilt.
UPDATE: Looks like *U has beefed up their compliance department recently. So they're not dead last, but I bet there's a name on this list that comes up in the news a bit later.
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