Enforcement chief: NCAA falls on athlete's side

NEW YORK (AP) - The NCAA's enforcement chief says punishing
athletes for violations they didn't even know about would be a
major shift in philosophy for the organization.

Days after the NCAA cleared Cam Newton despite finding his
father violated the organization's rules, Julie Roe Lach told The
Associated Press that college sports' governing body traditionally
has preferred to "fall on the side of the student-athlete."

Commissioners from other conferences expressed concern more
adults will shop around recruits now that they've realized the
player wouldn't be suspended if he wasn't aware of the scheme.

The Heisman Trophy front-runner is eligible to lead Auburn
against Oregon in the BCS title game, even though his father
solicited money for the quarterback to sign at Mississippi State.
The NCAA found Cam Newton didn't know about the ploy or receive
benefits from it.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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