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A spate of high-profile cases involving some of college sports' heaviest hitters. The list includes:
Southern Cal's football team, which was stripped of its 2004 national title for rules infractions that also forced Reggie Bush to give back his Heisman Trophy.
Connecticut's men's basketball team, which was found to have committed recruiting infractions two months before winning its third national championship.
Football teams at Auburn and Oregon, last season's two BCS finalists. The NCAA determined Cam Newton was not aware of his father's pay-for-play recruitment scheme. Newton went on to win the Heisman Trophy and led Auburn to the national title. Oregon is under NCAA investigation for allegedly paying $25,000 to a recruiting service that is accused of steering a recruit to the program.
Tennessee, which is awaiting a ruling on alleged recruiting violations in its football and men's basketball programs.
Ohio State, where football coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an investigation into players receiving cash and tattoos for autographs, championship rings and equipment. Tressel allegedly did not notify the school's compliance department when he was made aware of possible violations. The Buckeyes are scheduled to appear before the infractions committee Friday.
North Carolina, where football Butch Davis was recently fired after allegations surfaced about improper benefits going to players and academic misconduct.
It has certainly gotten the attention of university leaders and prompted them to re-evaluate all of the regulations schools must comply with.
"You'd be foolish to say that nobody has been paying attention to this over the last year or two or three," said Oregon State president Ed Ray, chairman of the NCAA's executive committee. "It's not any one case in particular but the cumulative effect. I think there's a realization that the last time we went through the rules and regulations was probably 1999 or 2000 and things have changed a lot since then."
That movement is already under way.
Last week, the NCAA's leadership council said it will work on a proposal to deregulate electronic communications and allow unlimited contact between coaches and recruits after Aug. 1 of the player's junior year.
"We all decided that the rulebook needs some editing," Emmert said. "We agreed in very short order, meaning months, not years, we will bring a set of reductions in the rulebook that will look at serious threats to intercollegiate athletics and not things like whether a bagel has peanut butter on it or not."
Ray said the group also discussed policing professional agents, though the presidents intend to let Julie Roe Lach, the NCAA's vice president for enforcement, and her staff work on those issues before sending a proposal to the full membership.
On Tuesday, the presidents discussed the possibility of providing scholarships to cover the full cost of attendance at a school, instead of just room, board, tuition and fees, and multiyear scholarships instead of the one-year scholarships now used in college sports.
But one thing is clear: Emmert wants changes and he wants them now.
"The presidents have been unequivocal in trying to do this as quickly as we can," he said. "The board has full authority to take such actions. They are all issues that various commissions and committees have been working on for months and in some cases years. I wouldn't describe it as emergency legislation, but there is clearly a strong sense of urgency to get this done."
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