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Resource ID: #5690
Subject: Sports
Source: Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Date: 1998-11-04



The Florida Times-Union takes an extensive in-depth look at the NCAA's enforcement system. It reveals the NCAA's rules are so complex that compliance is virtually impossible and infractions are "investigated by poorly paid undertrained staff that suffers from high turnover and is prohibited from using basic investigative tools, such as tape recorders." The NCAA does not actively police its member schools to make sure they are complying with the rules, and when "called for a hearing before the NCAA, schools are not allowed to confront their accusers nor are they allowed to call witnesses. Though there is an appeal procedure, no school has ever won an appeal." Also, "while the NCAA's decisions directly affect the careers, education and finances of student athletes, those athletes have no voice in the NCAA." The Times-Union reports on these and other aspects of the NCAA's current system, and looks at several high-profile examples as well.

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