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NCAA Offers Media Inside Look At Investigation, Enforcement Methods
Published May 12, 2011
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: YAHOO SPORTS’ Dan Wetzel noted NCAA officials “tried to answer every possible question and explain the process in detail.” Wetzel: “Considering that more than a decade ago the NCAA refused to send me its rules manual, the organization has come a long way. It’s for the better.” Still, “core problems remain, and those challenges go beyond improved public relations” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/11). ESPN.com’s Pat Forde wrote the NCAA “put on a very good show, delivering a ton of impressively presented information.” The day concluded with “an excellent Q & A” with Emmert. The NCAA is “gradually emerging from decades of bunker mentality in which it was secretive about everything -- especially enforcement -- and this was another step forward in that regard.” The “bottom-line takeaway from the day was this: There is nothing simple about the arduous process of catching and punishing cheaters,” and that remains “the biggest problem the NCAA faces in trying to make the sporting world understand why it does what it does” (ESPN.com, 5/11).