New enforcement cop Duncan faces battles inside, outside NCAA walls
Mash for the rest.Jon Duncan should be prepared for his first day on the job. If prepared means being hit between the eyes with a (figurative) two-by-four.Before Duncan formally took over as the NCAA's interim enforcement director on Monday, he met the enforcement staff following the firing of Julie Roe Lach. According to a source familiar with the meeting, that initial session was rancorous."There was everything from shouting and yelling to crying," the source said. "It was pretty ugly. People are pretty upset."A second source confirmed the tone of the meeting that took place at some point after Roe Lach's firing was announced on Feb. 18. Duncan -- formerly a Kansas City attorney -- did not respond to an email and phone calls to both his law firm and the NCAA seeking comment.No matter what you think of the NCAA at this moment, there are parallel narratives defining the sense of scandal enveloping the association. The primary one you know: The NCAA has overstepped its boundaries in the Miami case -- at least -- making it flypaper for criticism that loops in everything from transparency, to unprecedented legal challenges to the Penn State decision.
I am probably robbing Dave's Morning Six Pack for tomorrow, but this is too big not to post.
When Roe Lach was fired, a lot of compliance geeks thought the wrong head rolled as a result of the Miami scandal, and evidence that the NCAA had ignored its own procedures in trying to get the goods on Nevin Shapiro and the Hurricane coaches who allowed and promoted such unprecedented access.
Two compliance experts told us that Roe Lach and Emmert were well on their way to effecting the most comprehensive reforms in the NCAA enforcement model in decades.
Now, enforcement sits with a lot of frosting on their faces and nothing more than a cold, wet hole to show for it.