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Executive Committee identifies next steps for regulatory reform

The NCAA Executive Committee on Friday charged President Mark Emmert with developing a “scorecard” and timeline for recommending and implementing changes to the NCAA’s regulatory procedures.

The request came after the committee reviewed a report examining the Association’s three regulatory departments – Enforcement, Eligibility Center and Academic and Membership Affairs -- during its meeting Friday at the NCAA Convention.

The Executive Committee commissioned the regulatory review in the wake of high-profile eligibility and rules-enforcement investigations that raised questions and concerns among the membership.

The Executive Committee perceived that the reaction to those cases was a symptom of a possible growing unease among members about whether the national office was performing in a manner that was consistent with their vision of self-regulation.

Two law firms — Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft — conducted the review, which examined the current regulatory model and presented members’ reform proposals for consideration, which it gathered during more than 300 interviews with school officials at varying levels.

The Executive Committee requested those membership proposals as part of the review.

Spencer Fane and Cadwalader determined that both the membership and the national office staff were strongly committed to the success of the NCAA’s regulatory function. But it identified areas it felt could be improved.

The Executive Committee asked Emmert to recommend changes to the committee’s Administrative Subcommittee next month, along with the timeline for implementing the proposals and the “scorecard” for tracking those reforms.