Originally Posted by Ahab
Is this commonplace? That's the first I've heard of a college staffer being allowed to accompany NCAA investigators. I'm surprised that would be allowed.
Its not common for the average NCAA clearing check. However, it is usually allowed if the schools compliance staff requests to be allowed to attend. Bell did not play an active role, but was permitted to pretty much be a fly on the Wall. Supposedly Kentucky's compliance staff was a little more curious about what went on with these hearings after Kanter was ruled ineligible and wanted to be sure that the NCAA was willing to be transparent. This is what people "who would know" are saying. Bell's presence gave some in the media the wrong impression - that it meant Noel's clearance investigation all of the sudden became more serious.
Keep in mind that "due diligence" eligibility checks are not the same as when a school is being investigated for potentially breaking the rules. The two situations, I'd imagine, allow for very different amounts of compliance staff involvement.