SBD/June 18, 2014/Colleges

Delany Wants NCAA Enforcement Revamped, As Former NCAA Exec Suggests Outsourcing

Delany cries foul over some "aggressive tactics" used by NCAA enforcement
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that the NCAA enforcement division's "ability to develop information is 'overmatched,'" and that the Big Five conferences' autonomy subcommittee will "eventually look into a possible retooling of enforcement," according to Dennis Dodd of The issue is "not on the front burner just yet -- with cost of the attendance still to be sorted out -- but if Delany has anything to say about it, meaningful change is coming." Delany said of enforcement, "I think anybody who is honest about it, realizes there is not much action right now and we need to scrub (clean) it." He said it is a matter of what the membership wants "because nobody is comfortable with some of the tactics, aggressive tactics." Delany: "Some people thought they (investigators) crossed the line. Be that as it may, we have to bring cases that can be proven not just bring cases. Are there other ways to do this?" Dodd notes Delany's opinion is "part of a picture being framed in early talks over how autonomy might affect enforcement." Delany, in "an unusual relationship," has consulted on the subject with former NCAA VP/Enforcement Julie Roe Lach. She said, "Over time the pendulum has swung on how much enforcement has developed leads in cases. You can't just rely on self reports from schools. You can't rely just on investigative reporters in media. Should (enforcement) be outsourced? We're exploring outsourcing surveillance and generating leads." Dodd notes Delany "isn't necessarily high about the use of outside investigators but he does want a way around enforcement's Rubik's Cube -- developing credible information without subpoena power" (, 6/16).
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