October 2021: LEAD1 Comment – Infractions Working Group


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Executive Summary: In late April 2021, LEAD1 Association (“LEAD1”), the association that represents the 130- member athletic departments of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), created a working group comprised of its athletic directors, and administrators to examine issues related to NCAA enforcement practices. Over the past several months, the working group, chaired by Tom Holmoe, Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University, examined issues related to cooperation (including self-reporting and self- detection), timeliness of outcomes, severity and consistency of penalties, transparency, composition of the NCAA enforcement staff and Committee on Infractions (COI), and the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The working group was divided into three subcommittees among those topics. The following recommendations from our working group provide an actionable plan to improve NCAA Division I infractions practices.


Tom McMillen, President & CEO LEAD1 Association

Tom Holmoe [Chair], Director of Athletics, Brigham Young University

Lauren Ashman, Executive Associate AD & SWA, University of Memphis

Toby Baldwin, Director of Compliance, University of Oklahoma

Jason Greco, Associate AD, Auburn University

Tony Hernandez, Deputy AD, Texas Tech University

Vince Ille, Senior Associate AD, University of North Carolina

Steve Lautz, Associate AD, University of Texas at San Antonio

Brian Lutz, Senior Associate AD, University of Toledo

Lance Markos, Assistant Director of Athletics, Georgia Tech

Katie Renaut, Assistant AD, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Amanda Richardson, Associate AD, Clemson University

Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Athletics Director, Ohio State University

Christian Spears, Deputy AD & Chief Operating Officer, University of Pittsburgh

Heidi Uebelhor, Associate AD, University of Notre Dame

Cameron Walker, Deputy AD, University of Tennessee

Bart Lambergman, Director of Legal & Policy Affairs, LEAD1 Association