Mississippi Representative Trey Lamar, a former walk-on running back at Ole Miss in the early 2000s, proposed a bill designed to limit NCAA investigations.
Lamar’s alma mater is currently under a lengthy investigation from the NCAA which has spanned multiple years, and was drawn out further in the spring after the Laremy Tunsil gas mask incident, after which he publicly admitted to taking money to play at the school.
House Bill 1040, titled “The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Fairness In F.A.C.T. (fair, accurate, collaborative and timely) Investigations Act Of 2017,” would put strict deadlines on how much time the NCAA has to go through an investigation. If passed, the state of Mississippi would levy a fine of $10,000 per day that the NCAA is late on hitting certain deadlines.
From The Clarion-Ledger:
Rep. Trey Lamar, R-Senatobia, introduced the potential legislation (House Bill 1040), which would force under the threat of financial penalty for the NCAA “to complete its investigation, present findings to the NCAA Committee on Infractions and to render its final decision either imposing penalties for the violations proven in the investigation process or dismissal of the allegations” within nine months of a member institution’s response to a letter of inquiry.
The bill would also require any appeal to the committee on infractions’ final decision would conclude within six months of the committee’s original ruling.
The kicker? The NCAA would have to pay the “member institution subject to the investigation” if it is late on issuing its decisions.
The NCAA can certainly stand to streamline its investigative process. No one likes years-long investigations, but we sincerely doubt the NCAA is going to allow itself to get bullied by an individual state, even if Lamar manages to get this passed. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this.