Inside the NCAA Infractions Committee

The COI let two media members, including Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, attend a session last week.

Most infractions cases are negotiated between the school and the NCAA enforcement staff. The COI can reject that negotiated settlement, but rarely does, which is why last week’s wrist slap of Miami on NIL issues was allowed to stand. The COI did indicate with the Miami announcement that future NIL violators will not be treated so lightly.

They don’t have subpoena power, but they do have some incentives they can dangle to get cooperation, including reduced penalties.

They also try not to punish innocent athletes for violations that did not involve them, although postseason bans do tend to catch the innocent along with the guilty.

Certainly there’s not going to be any discussion here of ongoing infractions the COI may be considering.


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