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NCAA director of enforcement leaves to take a job at Auburn

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The NCAA director of enforcement is going to be on Auburn's campus full time now, a move rival SEC programs might say is a long time coming.

Joking aside, Dave Didion is no longer the NCAA director of enforcement, because he left the NCAA to take a job as the associate director of athletics for compliance at Auburn. USA Today was first to report the move. He will start at Auburn next week.

The move is interesting, and not just for the punchlines. USA Today said the NCAA has now lost five members of its enforcement staff recently, including three who were fired. That's a lot of turnover for the oft-criticized enforcement staff.

[Also: Oregon admits major football violation to the NCAA]

Of course, the NCAA enforcement staff is familiar with Auburn. There was a high-profile investigation of the school over Cam Newton's recruitment, and the NCAA found no wrongdoing. Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde reported last November that the NCAA was investigating Auburn again. Then there were the recent controversial allegations made against Auburn in a story by Roopstigo.com's Selena Roberts of improper recruiting, grade changing and paying players.

So it's safe to assume Didion has seen a few Auburn files cross his desk during his 14 years with the NCAA.

Didion held the same position at Auburn from 1995 to 1999.

"It's personal," Didion told USA Today, "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."

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