This week the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its weekly summary of the biggest news stories in NCAA compliance and enforcement. Below are the top stories for this past week.
Takeaway: Current Oakland Raiders reserve quarterback and former Ohio State University quarterback Terrelle Pryor opened up regarding his role in the Ohio State University enforcement case with Sports Illustrated. Pryor acknowledged he made mistakes during his time at Ohio State but claimed many of the benefits conferred to him were taken in order to provide for his family.
Takeaway: Henry Lyons, an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has alleged a failing grade was changed to a passing grade by the university to benefit an athlete in a course he was teaching. Lyons, who sent a letter to the NCAA regarding the issue, stated, “it’s the arrogance of the system…this is not a personal agenda. It’s about what’s right.”
Takeaway: The NCAA sent two members of its enforcement staff to Massachusetts this week to inquire about Nerlens Noel, who is the country’s top basketball recruit and has committed to play at Kentucky. The Everett High School principal, Louis Baldi, said the meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and centered on Noel’s background and the people surrounding him.