The new Sports Illustrated piece up now ("Confessions of an agent") is a stunning piece of investigative journalism that blows the lid off the slimy agent biz.
There are multiple claims made by former agent Josh Luchs that he paid players and provided extra benefits before getting out of the business. At first glance it appears that the payments are outside of the NCAA's four-year statute of limitations. I took bylaw 32.6.3 directly from the NCAA Manual. Look specifically at (b) and (c) that the NCAA can prosecute a case if there is "a pattern of willful violations on the part of the institution or individual involved..." and "blatant disregard for the Association's fundamental recruiting, extra-benefit, academic or ethical-conduct regulations."
Former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes seems to come closest to the four-year statute. Luchs says in the piece he flew to Columbus in November 2005 to meet with Holmes who Luchs says told him, "Listen, I want to save you the time. We don't need to meet. I've been taking money from [an agent] the last couple years, and he's been taking care of my family too."
If Luchs was telling the truth that's less than five years ago. In this case it seems that (c) is most applicable from the NCAA bylaw. If the NCAA wants to pursue this they have a year from, basically, today to do it. The Ohio State compliance office is looking into allegations made in the story.
Here's the NCAA bylaw:
32.6.3 Statute of Limitations. Allegations included in a notice of allegations shall be limited to possible
violations occurring not earlier than four years before the date the notice of inquiry is forwarded to the institution
or the date the institution notifies (or, if earlier, should have notified) the enforcement staff of its inquiries into
the matter. However, the following shall not be subject to the four-year limitation:
(a) Allegations involving violations affecting the eligibility of a current student-athlete;
(b) Allegations in a case in which information is developed to indicate a pattern of willful violations on the part
of the institution or individual involved, which began before but continued into the four-year period; and
(c) Allegations that indicate a blatant disregard for the Association’s fundamental recruiting, extra-benefit, academic
or ethical-conduct regulations or that involve an effort to conceal the occurrence of the violation. In
such cases, the enforcement staff shall have a one-year period after the date information concerning the matter
becomes available to the NCAA to investigate and submit to the institution a notice of allegations concerning