A long-time Arkansas attorney has joined the NCAA as an investigator in its new Complex Case Unit, according to Yahoo News. Tom Mars, who has extensive experience as a corporate lawyer (Walmart) and in private practice, burst on the scene in recent years because of his work representing athletes in the eligibility waiver appeals area.
The Complex Case Unit was one of the “recommended reform by the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball last year. The group is expected to be comprised of a combination of external investigators and members of the NCAA enforcement staff that is tasked to handle the more complicated and large-scale investigations of potential NCAA rules violations,” according to a Yahoo News story. “The CCU’s first cases could well be related to the investigation of corruption in college basketball, which started with a federal probe and has since transitioned into an NCAA undertaking.”