Amendment to Higher Education Act proposes NCAA oversight commission

Thursday June 11th, 2015

An amendment to the Higher Education Act proposes to regulate the NCAA by creating a presidential commission on intercollegiate athletics, and mandating that schools offer four-year scholarships and baseline concussion testing, according to a USA Today report

The amendment, a similar version of which was introduced in 2013 by Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), could also potentially enhance due process rights for schools and athletes involved in NCAA infractions cases, the report said.

The legislation was reintroduced on Thursday with bipartisan support beyond Dent and Beatty.   

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Dent said he believes this legislation has a greater chance of passing this year because of Congress' obligation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which regulates federal funding and oversight over America's public colleges and universities. 

"The NCAA's stated goal is to protect the welfare of the student-athlete ... and, bluntly, the NCAA has failed in my view -- failed miserably, actually," Dent said.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), who also supports the amendment, referred to the NCAA as "the last plantation in America," according to the report. Rush referred to American college athletics as an "abysmal cesspool."

The NCAA did not comment to USA Today on the legislation. 

- Will Green 


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