NCAA sends letter to schools asking for assistance in NIL abuse cases
The NCAA is still clearly adjusting to how name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals impact college sports and the competitive nature of the recruiting trail. NIL opened such a wide door to endless possibilities when it comes to college programs being able to provide their player’s opportunities to earn money.
With endless possibilities comes the opportunity for some lines to be crossed, though. The NCAA national office does monitor NIL deals and does try to root out potential violations, but it’s clear that the governing body of college athletics has too much on its plate to handle. In fact, things are so desperate that the NCAA has sent out a letter to member schools asking them to help monitor for — and even self-report — NIL abuse cases.
Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated received a copy of the letter, which features some juicy tidbits.
“As a reminder, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors wanted student-athletes to have NIL opportunities as soon as possible while also navigating the varying state laws,” the letter read…”The interim policy maintains expectations that NCAA members adhere to key principles of college athletics and abide by rules regarding inducements, benefits, contacts, recruiting, etc. Protecting the environment starts with member schools following self-regulating requirements. To achieve success and protect fair competition from abuses, member cooperation and communication with the NCAA enforcement staff is imperative when self-regulating requirements fail.”
The NCAA tried to make it clear that the intention is to not target student-athletes. Instead, the NCAA wants to target “actors who pose a threat to the integrity of college sports.”
Still, that’s a lot to handle, and the association says it needs the help of its member schools.
“Specific information about contacts or transactions will expedite investigations and help us secure truthful accounts,” the letter wrote. “We understand why coaches and student-athletes are reluctant to provide documentary evidence and details on the record, but it’s critically important in our effort to protect compliant programs. Candidly, we need these materials because too many NIL arrangements are not made in the sunshine and getting accurate information is difficult. Individuals should contact the enforcement staff directly and any information can be provided anonymously.”
The letter was signed by Stan Wilcox, the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and Vice President of Enforcement, Jon Duncan.