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Michael L. Buckner Law Firm Weekly NCAA Compliance and Enforcement Round-Up

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.

40 Years On, Title IX Still Shapes Female Athletes

Takeaway: Title IX, which turned forty this past week, was implemented for the purpose of banning sex discrimination in federally funded schools and colleges. Title IX has played an essential role in providing enhanced opportunities for female student-athletes and shaping today’s college athletics landscape.

NCAA’s APR changes could cause uptick in fraud, more problems

Takeaway: Rob Dauster of SI.com believes that while the NCAA’s increased academic requirements are positive, the changes could lead to increased academic fraud at the high school level. Dauster also argues that the APR is not a useful tool in measuring academic progress or success because too many variables are outside of the control of the institution.

Jurors convict Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 sexual abuse counts

Takeaway: Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted this past week of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts and faces life in prison.

Please, keep the NCAA out of the Jerry Sandusky affair

Takeaway: Matt Hinton of CBSSports.com argues that while Sandusky’s crimes are reprehensible, the NCAA should not view his actions as within their jurisdiction. If the NCAA were to bring allegations, they would likely fall under the association’s institutional control and ethical conduct legislation.

Mississippi State, Mississippi Valley State cancel 2013 football opener

Takeaway: Mississippi State and Mississippi Valley State have canceled the 2013 college football opener due to a rule prohibiting FBS institutions from counting a win against an  FCS institution that fails to meet the NCAA’s financial-aid requirements. If an FBS institution plays against an FCS institution that does not provide athletics aid to at least 90 percent of its 63-man roster over a rolling two-year period, the FBS institution cannot count this possible win on the institution’s record.

About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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