A new four-tiered penalty structure for NCAA violations is expected to be adopted by the Division I Board of Directors on Tuesday that will place more accountability on the head coaches of programs.
Most notably, any violations committed by assistant coaches — academic, recruiting or otherwise — will fall to the program's head coaches, according to a USA Today report. The NCAA will no longer accept the claim of ignorance, unless that coach is promoting a culture of compliance in their program and staff.
According to the report, the document submitted for approval alludes to compliance cases that have been heard in recent years, including former Connecticut Huskies coach Jim Calhoun's recruitment of Nate Miles.
From the USA Today report:
The document reads, "A head coach is presumed responsible for major/Level I and Level II violations (e.g. academic fraud, recruiting inducements) occurring within his or her program unless the coach can show that he or she promoted an atmosphere of compliance and monitored his or her staff."
Suspensions for the most serious violations could result in year-long suspensions for head coaches, according to the report.
"You need to be constantly vigilant and you need to be constantly coaching your coaches about how important it is to play by the rules," USC athletic director Pat Haden, who was among those that worked on the proposal, told USA Today.