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More often than others, members of coaching staffs are accused of violations

After news broke in 2017 about the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s investigation into college basketball, Boston College Athletics Director Martin Jarmond asked a head basketball coach from another school how such a significant breach of NCAA rules could happen. “He said, ‘What people don’t understand is there’s inherent pressure — significant pressure with the money the way it is and coaches’ longevity being shorter and shorter,’” Jarmond recalls. “If you know one or two kids can help you get to a season where you win 20 games so you get a second contract, that’s going to outweigh whatever the behavior is that’s unscrupulous.”

It’s just one anecdote in one sport, but data gathered by NCAA enforcement suggests it’s something to consider. While the college sports infractions narrative may be traditionally associated with boosters and, now, apparel companies, nearly two-thirds of cases sent to the Committees on Infractions that named specific individuals in the past five years involved the coaching staffs. The most common to face allegations: head coaches.

A list of athletics positions that were named as responsible parties in major NCAA infractions cases from 2014 to 2018, including Level I and Level II violations in Division I and major violations in Division II

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