The committee is an independent administrative body charged with deciding infractions cases involving NCAA member institutions and their employees. It is composed of volunteers from NCAA member institutions who must be nominated to serve, apply and be thoroughly vetted before their appointment is official.
Committee members include current and former university presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, former coaches, conference office representatives, athletic administrators and general public members with formal legal training who are not associated with a sports organization.
As a member of the committee, McConnell will assist in addressing prehearing and follow-up procedural matters, hearings and reviews, fact-finding cases, contested violations of NCAA legislation and penalties and probations, helping to ensure division-wide compliance with all conference guidelines.
“In upholding NCAA guidelines, this committee truly serves student athletes and college athletics programs nationwide,” McConnell said. “I am looking forward to participating in this important work and to learning from my fellow committee members.”
McConnell brings substantial legal experience to the committee, as a past president of three sections of the Associations of American Law Schools, the former dean of WVU’s College of Law and a lifelong advocate for legal education.