The Division I Board of Director endorsed today “sweeping recommendations to change the NCAA’s enforcement model.” In October, the full NCAA membership will have a final say on the matter. All that according to the NCAA’s own website.
If voted through, come August 1st, 2013 there would no longer be major and secondary rules violationss. Four tiers would replace the two-tiered system and the new tiers would be: severe breach of conduct, significant breach of conduct, breach of conduct, and incidental issue.
In addition, the size of the Committee on Infractions would increase from 10 to 24 people which would allow more cases to be heard in a more expedient fashion.
Other key goals/changes would be — and we quote — “Creating new penalty guidelines to hold those who step outside the accepted code of conduct more accountable for their actions” and “Enforcing the fact that head coaches set the tone and culture for compliance within the program.”
That last part might keep Joe Booster from providing $50 handshakes if he thinks he could get his own beloved coach in hot water. (Though, a booster ready to get a coach fired could conceivably bring that coach down by intentionally committing a few easily-uncovered violations.)
For more, I suggest you read the release in the full by clicking that pretty red link up above.
As for the change in penalty structure, going to four levels of violations as opposed to two might indeed give the NCAA more options when it comes to handing out discipline, but it’s likely there will still be great controversy over whether this violation should be a Level III or those violations should add up to a Level IV, etc.
A step in the right direction? Perhaps. But at MrSEC.com we’ll give it some time before shouting “hallelujah” or screaming “bloody murder.” The jury is very much out.