A California-based organization seeking to change the NCAA enforcement process has invited representatives from the BCS conferences to attend a kickoff meeting at the end of the month.
College Athletics Protection Association (CAPA) has joined with international think Rand Corp. in what would be an ultimate effort by another party to lobby Congress to change NCAA enforcement procedures. Any effort to approach Congress would need to be done by a separate entity.
The invitations from CAPA were sent out Thursday. As of Sunday, the organization had not received a confirmation from any of those leagues. However, interim director Daniel Lustyan said high-ranking parties in those leagues have shown interest in attending.
CAPA advocates compliance should be placed in the hands of an independent third party. NCAA penalties are currently decided by the NCAA infractions committee, a nine-member volunteer group of college faculty and sports administrators. CAPA's interest was piqued following the rash of major scandals nationwide. In particular, the Miami scandal. Former Miami AD Paul Dee stood in judgment of USC as chairman of the NCAA infractions committee while his own program was allegedly being gutted by booster Nevin Shapiro.
"I'm a fan, not a USC alum, just the average citizen," said Lustyan a retired Fresno, Calif., businessman. "Something doesn't sit right."
That Rand is involved has to raise some eyebrows in Washington, D.C., and at the NCAA. Rand is usually associated with the Department of Defense and U.S. policy decisions. Specifically, the Rand Institute for Civil Justice is working with CAPA, already registered as a non-profit orgnaization.
RCJ's mission, according to its website, is to "conduct the highest level of empirical research to address policy questions related to the civil justice system [and] regulatory frameworks ..."
"It's fair and safe to say the current system doesn't work," Lustyan said. "The NCAA is not an objective partner here."
The meeting is Aug. 29-30 at Rand's Santa Monica, Calif., offices.