NCAA prez to form task force

Updated: February 12, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Responding to recent scandals, the NCAA will look into making its recruiting rules more stringent.

NCAA president Myles Brand announced Thursday that he's forming a new task force because he's concerned that recent allegations could tarnish the NCAA's image.

In the most prominent case, three women are suing the University of Colorado, saying they were raped at or after an off-campus party for football recruits in December 2001.

At the University of Miami, a top football recruit is facing criminal charges after surrendering to authorities Tuesday. Willie Williams' record has 10 arrests -- a record the university said it didn't know about when it signed him to a national letter-of-intent Feb. 4.

Brand said NCAA vice president David Berst, the group's former head of enforcement, will lead the task force.

"Given the information that is coming to light on some recruiting practices, I am taking immediate action to address the issue," Brand said. "Some of what has been alleged is morally reprehensible and has no place in college sports.''

Brand said the task force will include members of the NCAA's national office and school athletic administrators.

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