NCAA President Mark Emmert defended the organization's enforcement department in a letter obtained by CBSSports.com, disputing recent reports of a slowdown in its activity this year and writing that it is "inaccurate" to believe that "there have been no cases handled."
Emmert says the NCAA’s Division 1 Committee on Infractions is currently conducting 100 investigations and has served notice of 64 allegations in 14 cases, some involving schools in the Power Five (Big 10, Big 12, Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Pac-12) Conferences.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said last week that "cheating pays" for schools that want to get away with breaking the rules. Emmert did not mention Bowlsby in the letter but referenced "recent comments and stories in the press."
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"Such observations are common and understandable, especially in light of strict confidentiality rules precluding the enforcement staff and committee members from commenting publicly about pending matters," Emmert wrote. "Counting allegations and cases is instructive, but measures only one facet of the department's much broader work."
Emmert said NCAA enforcement expects to conduct at least one infractions committee hearing per month through the 2014-15 academic year. The 32 Division I commissioners along with Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke and Missouri AD Mike Alden received the letter.