Whatever that is. In the meantime, say hello to the NCAA Accountability Act, which modestly proposes the following:
* Requires annual baseline concussion tests for college athletes. The NCAA currently recommends colleges perform baseline tests and about two-thirds of the schools do so, according to a 2010 NCAA survey.
* Requires four-year scholarship for athletes participating in contact/collision sports that are irrevocable based on athletic skill or injury. Contact/collision sports are defined as boxing, field hockey, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, soccer and wrestling.
* Prevents an in institution from implementing a policy that prohibits institutions from paying stipends to college athletes.
* Ensures athletes and universities must have the opportunity for a formal administrative hearing prior to any NCAA punishment for an alleged violation, and at least one appeal and “any other due process procedure the Secretary determines by regulation to be necessary.”
Yes, you can remember those olden days when the NCAA required its member schools to pay stipends to student-athletes. But I digress. The bill is coming from pols who sound like they have a couple of axes to grind with Emmert’s organization.
Earlier this year, Dent called on the NCAA to reinstate 40 football scholarships at Penn State over the life of the sanctions, saying athletes had nothing to do with the Sandusky scandal. Beatty, a co-sponsor of the bill, was an Ohio State vice president when quarterback Terrelle Pryor and several teammates were sanctioned by the NCAA for selling memorabilia.
So how many other members of the House bear a grudge? “It’s not clear how much support Dent and Beatty have from other members of Congress.” What, nobody thought to bring Joe Barton on board? And where’s Orrin Hatch when you need him?
Clearly, Reps. Dent and Beatty have their work cut out for them.