News spread quickly in August of 1995 when Bob Minnix, a Director of Enforcement a the NCAA since 1975 and a former star running back at the University of Notre Dame, announced that he was leaving his post in the national office to accept the newly created position of Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at Florida State University.
In his role at the NCAA, Minnix oversaw enforcement issues with regard to the NCAA and its member institutions including the preparation and presentation of cases to be herd by the Committee on Infractions. He has served on a number of NCAA committees including the Leadership and Development Training Committee, Special Events Committee, Post-Season Football Sub-Committee and staff task forces that concentrated on public relations, compensation and employment opportunities for women and ethnic minorities.
Minnix is the former president of the Black Coaches Association, has chaired the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct and has served as president on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators and is a former member the NCAA Academic Eligibility Compliance Cabinet.
He frequently participates on panel discussions on current topics in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the American Bar Association.
At Florida State, Minnix is charged with overseeing all departmental compliance issues, implementing and directing Florida State’s rules education programs and serves as the department’s liaison and contact with the University’s General Council as well as other legal interests. He is directly involved with the strategic planning of long range departmental goals regarding student-athlete welfare and life skills training.
Minnix accepted additional duties within the department in 2004 and is now the primary administrator for the sport of softball.
Minnix has continued FSU’s stance as a pro-active leader in addressing NCAA and ACC issues and educating coaches, student-athletes, staff and donors to the serious nature and ramifications of non-compliance with those rules.
A native of Spokane, Wash. Minnix attended Notre Dame where he played in back-to-back Cotton Bowls in 1970 and 1971 as a running back. He led the Irish in rushing as a senior in 1971. A 1972 Notre Dame graduate, Minnix attended law school at the University of Washington where he received his Jurist Doctorate in 1975.