The Basics of the New NCAA Enforcement Program

Last Updated on June 5, 2014

What: New NCAA Enforcement Program–Created by a 13-member group of presidents, athletic directors, commissioners, and others in the collegiate athletic community

When: Effective August 1, 2013

Who: Affects accountability of Head Coaches in the NCAA

Where: NCAA Campuses across the nation


  • To increase accountability of coaching staffs to uphold integrity of collegiate model of athletics in wake of some of the worst scandals in NCAA history
  • To provide a stronger deterrent for individuals who believe that the benefits and advantages of violating NCAA regulations outweigh the severity of punishment
  • To better differentiate between who was actually responsible for violations by making coaches bring the penalties they incurred individually to a new school if they decide to change jobs


Old SystemNew SystemWhy the Change?
Levels of Violation2  (Major and Secondary)4 (Ranging from severe breaches of conduct to incidental infractions)Makes the Violation Code Less Rigid
Division I Committee Members10Up to 24Allows less severe cases to be dealt with in a more timely manner by creating sub-groups
Hearings for Level I Cases by Committee on Infractions5 times annually10To deal with severe cases more efficiently and effectively
Basis of Penalties for Head CoachesDid Head Coach Know of Violations or Have “Presumption of Knowledge?”Presumed responsibility, unless proven otherwiseTo ensure that head coaches provide ample materials informing assistant coaches on how to properly act




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  • Mike Duffy
    November 8, 2012

    I love all of these changes and can’t wait to see them enacted on college sports in 2013. For the past few years the NCAA was headed down a slippery slope with more and more recruiting scandals breaking out, so I’m very happy to see that integrity is becoming a primary focus in college sports. These new changes will not only help to level the playing field in the NCAA, but more importantly they will prevent athletic programs from damaging their own reputations by use of illegal recruiting tactics.