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NCAA unveils independent investigation unit


The NCAA logo is at center court as work continues at The Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, for the NCAA college basketball second and third round games. Second round games start on Thursday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


The NCAA on Thursday unveiled a new arm of rules enforcement made up of independent investigators, advocates and decision-makers to handle what it calls complex cases involving serious infractions.

Creating a new process for dealing with some infractions cases was one of several recommendations made last year by the Rice Commission on college basketball. The commission concluded that the NCAA’s traditional investigation and enforcement structure was rife with potential and perceived conflicts of interest.

The Independent Accountability Resolution Process will consist of four groups, including the Complex Case Unit, which will conduct investigations and provide representation for schools and individuals accused of violations. Among those chosen for the CCU were former FBI director Louis Freeh and attorney Tom Mars, who has recently helped several high-profile football players gain immediate eligibility after transferring.