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NCAA's Emmert backs tough enforcement changes – USATODAY.com
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Postseason bans of three years or more. Fines running into seven figures. Season-long suspensions of coaches. Blacklisting them and other individual offenders for a decade or longer.
The NCAA unveiled the proposals internally Friday, inviting input from schools and conferences and stressing that the plan is a work in progress. It goes to the Division I board of directors in April and August.
If approved, the first of the new measures would go into effect in August.
The plan, which also would streamline the processing of cases and expand the adjudicating committee on infractions to help speed their disposition, reflects a call by NCAA President Mark Emmert for swifter, tougher action and greater deterrence. Amid a spate of cases involving high-profile programs from South California to Tennessee to Connecticut to Ohio State to Miami (Fla.), he has talked of instilling "some sort of constructive fear."
This development was making news last month, as reported here on January 17.
It also steps much closer to eliminating the seemingly chaotic approach to enforcement, a position advocated by this blog and other for more than a year. The old system allows far too much discretion on the part of the Committee on Infractions and the results were predictable. They use precedent when it suits their agendas and abandon any precedent when that course suits their needs.
If the proposals are adopted, the NCAA's enforcement system becomes more predictable and similar offenders will be treated similarly.