By Zac Ellis
The NCAA's enforcement staff took another hit over the weekend when veteran enforcement official Dave Didion opted to leave his post with the organization. He'll assume the role of associate athletics director for compliance at Auburn, the same school he left 14 years ago to join the NCAA. USA Today reported the move on Friday.
Didion is the latest in a line of casualties in the NCAA's enforcement department. Investigator Ameen Najjar was fired in 2012 after it was discovered he signed off on payments to Miami booster Nevin Shaprio's attorney during the NCAA's probe into the Hurricanes. Vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach was later fired as a result of the investigation. Two other enforcement staffers, investigators Rich Johanningmeier and Abigail Grantstein, have also left the NCAA within the last year.
Given the well-documented NCAA investigation into Auburn, as well as the recent grade-changing allegations made by Selena Roberts, and the jokes almost write themselves with regard to this move. With that in mind, I'm going to leave this right here:
If you can’t beat em… RT @bfeldmancbs: Director of enforcement leaves NCAA for Auburn - usat.ly/Zrw9ga Wait.. What?? — Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) April 13, 2013