Enforcement chief: NCAA falls on athlete's side

Updated: December 6, 2010, 3:57 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NCAA's enforcement chief says punishing athletes for violations they didn't even know about would be a major shift in philosophy for the organization.

Days after the NCAA cleared Auburn quarterback Cam Newton to play despite finding his father broke the organization's rules, Julie Roe Lach told The Associated Press on Monday that college sports' governing body traditionally has preferred to "fall on the side of the student-athlete."

In the wake of the Newton decision, ...

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