NCAA enforcement director leaves for position at Auburn
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ave Didion, the NCAA’s Director of Enforcement, has left for a position at Auburn.
Didion served as Auburn’s compliance director from 1995 to 1999. Since then, he’s spent the last 14 years with the NCAA and has worked for the organization a total of 25 years.
Friday was Didion’s last day at the NCAA. He begins his new job at Auburn on April 22, according to a USA Today report.
“It’s personal,” Didion told USA Today of his decision to leave the NCAA, “but I just wanted to go back to campus, and Auburn is one of the few places that I could go to.
“I really enjoyed the people, and I enjoyed members of the coaching staff. It’s a great community. It’s a beautiful university. No reason not to go back.”
He is the latest of several enforcement officials to leave the NCAA during the 2 1/2-year tenure of President Mark Emmert.
Investigator Ameen Najjar was fired last year before it was revealed he approved paying the lawyer for former Miami (Fla.) booster Nevin Shapiro. The NCAA launched an internal investigation into the Miami investigation, and later fired vice president of enforcement Julie Roe Lach.
Veteran investigator Rich Johanningmeier retired last year.
Investigator Abigail Grantstein was fired in December after it was revealed that a man who said he was her boyfriend was overheard on a flight bragging that UCLA freshman Shabbaz Muhammed would not be cleared to play.
The NCAA investigated Muhammed for accepting impermissible benefits, but he was ultimately reinstated following a three-game suspension and his family was ordered to repay $1,600.