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NCAA Violations: Taking a Closer Look at Major Programs

Since the beginning of the 2000’s the NCAA has experienced several highly publicized scandals, involving some of the largest division I athletic programs. Extremely successful football and basketball programs have been cited for violating NCAA bylaws encompassing extra benefits and amateurism. Multiple universities have been cited for lacking institutional control. Not are only are infractions frequently occurring, but they are also not being reported by coaches and other athletic staff involved.

The NCAA is progressively losing respect from its members, coaches, and sports journalists. In two of the most recent NCAA investigations, the committee on infractions has been caught illegally gathering information. In addition to the NCAA’s infractions branch acting in an unethical manner, the NCAA has lacked consistency in determining sanctions. This is evident within the most recent infraction investigations involving the University of Connecticut, The Ohio State University, the University of Miami, and the University of Southern California.

In order to gain back the respect of the parties it governs, the NCAA must make several changes. To become more effective, the NCAA must cut down the size of the organization. This will allow the organization to have greater control over itself, which will enable it to govern its members with greater ease. The NCAA should also streamline their current bylaws. There are too many minute rules with subsections that make it difficult for the universities and coaches to interpret and abide by. Lastly, the NCAA should create significant sanctions for bylaw violators that deter the individuals from behaving in illegal manners.

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