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SBD/June 14, 2013/Colleges
NCAA Enforcement Remains Scrutinized Under Leadership Of Mark Emmert
Published June 14, 2013
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CRISIS MANAGEMENT: SI.com's Pete Thamel in an accompanying online piece reported morale "is at an all-time low among the enforcement staff as several respected veterans ...have left for college compliance positions since April." Managing Dir for Enforcement, Development & Investigators Rachel Newman-Baker left the NCAA earlier this week to join the Univ. of Kentucky as Senior Associate AD/Compliance. She is the "highest-ranking member of the department to leave since" VP/Enforcement Julie Roe Lach was "fired in February in the wake of missteps in the Miami investigation." An ex-NCAA staffer said, "With Rachel gone, there's really only two investigators (Angie Cretors and LuAnn Humphrey) left with experience in major football and basketball cases." NCAA interim Dir of Enforcement Jonathan Duncan last week said, "It's been a tough time for the enforcement staff" (SI.com, 6/12). CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd noted four key NCAA employees who worked the Miami case "are gone." Three of them "have been fired, one retired." Sources said that it all "suggests a crisis in the enforcement department, certainly a lack of depth and definitely ... a morale problem." Newman-Baker was "at least the eighth person in enforcement over the past 18 months to leave, retired or be fired." Newman-Baker, who had been at the NCAA for 12 years, was like Roe Lach in that she was "one of those glue folks" (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/12). USA TODAY's Dan Wolken writes 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 to enforce rules, but also whether those investigating the cases have enough experience to do the job credibly and fairly." Ohio State Senior Associate AD Heather Lyke Catalano: "There is a concern. You want to have confidence in the organization." One unnamed AD said, "Just look at who's leaving. It's all their best people. I like Jon Duncan, but he can't fix it overnight" (USA TODAY, 6/14).