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Major changes to NCAA enforcement policy to take effect next week

The NCAA will vote on a major change in its enforcement policy next week, holding head coaches accountable for rules violations committed by their assistants. The new bylaw is applicable for all Division I sports, but we will, of course, focus on how things will change for football coaching staffs. Read the full NCAA document here.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote on the proposals this coming Tuesday, and if passed the NCAA's Bylaw 11.1.2.1 will hold head coaches responsible for the actions of all assistant coaches and administrators that report, either directly or indirectly, to the head coach. A head coach will now be held responsible for all Level I and Level II (major violations such as academic fraud or recruiting  inducements) violations.

After August 1, 2013, a head coach may be suspended a full season for Level I violations and a half season for Level II infractions. The NCAA does provide some wiggle room for head coaches. As stated in the legislation, a head coach will be suspended "unless the coach can show that he or she promoted an atmosphere of compliance and monitored his or her staff."

Change doesn't stop there as, effective August 1, 2013, a head coach may be suspended for any Level III violations committed by assistant coaches. The NCAA defines a Level III violation as:

  • In-person, off-campus contacts during a dead period (particularly during the NLI signing dead period.

  • Exceeding the permissible number of contacts with a prospective student-athlete.

  • Intentional or significant game-day simulations and/or impermissible recruiting aids.

  • Providing team gear or other inducements to prospective student-athletes.

  • Violations that occur as a result of engaging nonscholastic third parties in the recruiting process (e.g., prescheduled unofficial visits that are impermissibly funded, etc.).

  • Collective recruiting violations and/or other intentional recruiting violations (e.g., multiple impermissible early phone calls, multiple impermissible contacts, providing inducements).

  • Holding 7-on-7 events on an institution's campus and/or otherwise attending or being involved in nonscholastic events.

  • Impermissible benefits to student-athletes or inducements to prospective student-athletes by third parties that the coaching staff knows about or is involved with.

  • Providing a written offer of athletically related financial aid to a prospective student-athlete prior to August 1 of the prospect's senior year in high school.

The NCAA strongly encourages head coaches to be proactive in looking for possible violations and to communicate their strategy and expectations with both their staffs and their superiors on campus through monitoring and documentation. For example, head coaches are expected to assign a staff member as a liaison to the university's compliance staff, and also assign staff members to monitor specific areas of compliance. 

Credit to USA Today's George Schroeder and Dan Wolken for their report.

Here is ESPN's update on the changes:

Really good Notre Dame video

College GameDay is in Norman this weekend for Notre Dame's match up with the Sooners. Oklahoma is 0-4 all time when hosting the Irish (the last meeting at Memorial Stadium took place in 1966).

Here's a solid video highlighting Notre Dame's fast 7-0 start, including some passionate pre game words from Brian Kelly, and their big goal line stand against Stanford. Pretty well produced.

The opening quarters of each half will be key for the Irish, as Notre Dame has outscored their opponents 84-10 in the first and third quarters.

The game will get started at 8pm ET and can be seen on ABC.

 

"You can't simulate Oregon's speed"

Tomorrow night, Colorado will face the best offense that they've seen all season when they travel to Oregon to take on the Ducks.

That's not to say that the past few weeks have been easy. In their past three outings, the Colorado defense has faced Arizona State (23rd nationally in total offense), UCLA (top 25 nationally in rushing, passing, and total offense), and a very talented USC offense with Matt Barkley, Robert Woods, and Marqise Lee.

Through the first seven weeks of their schedule, Colorado is giving up nearly 500 yards per contest (112th nationally) and 43 points (119th nationally), and has also allowed 133 plays of over ten yards (119th nationally).

With this week's game coming against one of the highest powered offenses in the country, head coach Jon Embree was asked how they are simulating Oregon's speed.

"You can't. We don't have, we only have a couple fast guys anyway. It's not like we have a plethora of them to put out there to simulate that."

"But the tempo of the offense, I think we've done a good job simulating that." Embree said.

The tempo tomorrow will be unlike anything that Colorado has seen so far this season. The defense has been on the field for an average of 71 plays per game, and Oregon is coming into the game averaging 83 snaps per game, and producing 51 points per game off of those snaps (2nd nationally). And if you've watched Oregon this season, you know any one of those 83 snaps can go for six at any moment.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3pm ET on the Pac 12 Network.

 

 

Another interesting HS uniform out of Florida

Word has it that Miami Carol City high school will be getting some new uniforms next season, due to a donation made by a famous musician.

Apparently, the rapper Flo Rida had some new uniforms made up for his alma mater after seeing the interesting neon uniforms that Delray Beach Atlantic high school wore a few weeks ago.

Carol City's new threads can only be described as one of a kind.

The helmets feature a headdress to pay homage to their "chief" mascot, while the numbers are in some sort of cubed pattern. The most interesting part may be their pants, where a chief's head stretches across both pant legs.

Take a look for yourself.

The uniforms should make their debut next season, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the school.

Friday TV - Big East and Mountain West games on tonight

You've got your choice between a Big East and Mountain West match up tonight.

Eastern time listed.

NFL:

No games

College: 

Cincinnati at Louisville - 8 - ESPN

Nevada at Air Force - 8 - CBSSN

High School:

Lake Catholic (OH) at Walsh Jesuit (OH) - 12 - Sportstime Ohio

Greensburg Central Catholic (PA) at Jeannette (PA) - 3:30 - Root Sports Pittsburgh

Plantation (FL) at St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) - 7 - FSN North

Milton (GA) at Walton (GA) - 9 -  ESPNU

Hart (CA) at Valencia (CA) - 10:30 - Fox College Sports Atlantic

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