Another enforcement director leaves NCAA; Manziel case affected?
Nine-year veteran of NCAA, Angie Cretors, goes to UConn
Not that Texas A&M needs any more headaches, but the NCAA’s ability to do a timely investigation into Johnny Manziel may have just taken another hit.
UConn announced Monday that NCAA associate director of enforcement Angie Cretors had been hired as the school’s new senior associate AD for NCAA rules education and compliance services.
Cretors takes away another load of institutional knowledge from Indianapolis having worked at the NCAA since 2005.
Her hiring comes shortly after the departure of NCAA managing director of enforcement Rachel Newman Baker who had been with the association for 12 years. The NCAA’s widely reported talent drain continues. In the last 14 months, the NCAA has lost its enforcement director (Julie Roe Lach), lead investigator on the Miami case (Ameen Najaar), football focus group head (Bill Benjamin), an enforcement director (Dave Didion), Division II vice president Mike Racy and managing director of enforcement (Newman Baker). Among others.
ESPN is reporting that the NCAA is investigating Manziel regarding compensation for his autograph. Texas A&M has slightly less than four weeks until its season opener against Rice.
Various sources outside the NCAA have speculated lately whether cases can be processed in a timely manner in light of the departures. A former NCAA staffer told SI.com last month, “With Rachel gone, there's really only two investigators [Angie Cretors and LuAnn Humphrey] left with experience in major football and basketball cases."
Sources have been telling CBSSports.com since the beginning of the year that morale in enforcement is at an unprecedented low. Even if cases continued to processed relatively quickly, the knowledge and experience going out the door have to be a concern.
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