When (if?) Miami and Oregon appears before the NCAA at some point this year, there’ll be some new faces on the committee charged with hearing their response to allegations of improprieties in their respective football programs.
While most of the attention on this past weekend’s NCAA Board of Directors meeting was focused on new — and relaxed — recruiting rules, eight individuals were also added to the Committee on Infractions. Included in that group is former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.
Carr spent the last 28 years of his collegiate coaching career with the Wolverines, the last 13 as head coach. He left following the 2007 season as the third-winningest coach in school history, his 122 wins trailing only Bo Schembechler (194) and Fielding Yost (165).
From 2000 through 2005, Carr, a 2011 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee. In the midst of the Jim Tressel/Ohio State scandal in May of 2011, Carr took the NCAA’s enforcement arm to task.
“I know it’s a difficult time because the issues are serious, but it’ll be up to the NCAA to find out what did and did not happen,” Carr was quoted as saying. “And they need to do a better job in my judgment.
“If you’re going to have a system that the public, the fans, respect and buy into, you better have a way of making sure those people who are violating the rules don’t prosper. You’ve got to invest the money to have investigators and whatever else you need.”
Also appointed to the committee, which will now consist of 18 members, was outgoing Georgia president Michael Adams.
Below are the other new members of the infractions committee:
— Norman Bay, director of enforcement, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (and former University of New Mexico law faculty).
— Carol Cartwright, former president of Bowling Green and Kent State.
— Bobby Cremins, former Georgia Tech men’s basketball head coach.
— Thomas Hill, senior vice president of student affairs at Iowa State.
— Joel Maturi, former Minnesota athletic director.
— Sanker Suryanarayan, university counsel, Princeton University.