There are more immediate concerns, too.
Lach is expected to leave March 1 and over the past 18 months has been closely involved with creating a new enforcement structure. The new multi-tiered penalty approach was approved in October, and the first part of the NCAA’s revised rulebook was backed last month at the NCAA’s annual convention.
A second part or rules changes is expected to come sometime after April’s quarterly board of directors meeting.
Now, though, Emmert wants school leaders to provide more input about enforcement policies.
“We need to be able, at the same time, to say OK as we’re changing these rules, how do want them enforced? What approach to enforcement can we abide by?” he said.
That’s where Duncan could help. He’s a private attorney who has spent the last 15 years focused on sports law and education.
“We need to bring in expertise, like in the case of Ken, he’s a prosecutor and has an approach that’s very different to what we have in a voluntary association, but we need people with those various perspectives that can come to us,” Emmert said. “That’s one of the advantages of having John. John knows this world very, very well and will bring a very balanced perspective to the whole regulatory process.”
How hard will these changes be at the NCAA’s home office?
One of Emmert’s first moves after taking office was promoting Lach in October 2010 from director of enforcement to vice president of enforcement, the first woman to hold the job. At the time, Lach promised to change the way the NCAA did business, offering more transparency about how investigations were handled. She delivered in part by setting up mock investigations for media members.
But she also presided over one of the most tumultuous times in NCAA history.