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: The NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against Penn State University for “perpetuating a ‘football first’ culture that ultimately enabled serial child sexual abuse to occur.” The NCAA stated the institution’s leadership “failed to value and uphold institutional integrity, resulting in a breach of the NCAA constitution and rules.” The MLBLF’s official response to the sanctions can be found here.
Takeaway: Penn State president Rodney Erickson revealed that if the institution did not agree to the NCAA’s sanctions, a formal investigation would have begun and the university could have faced a multiyear death penalty, as well as “other sanctions,” including a financial penalty far greater than $60 million.
Takeaway: The Big 10 added to the NCAA’s sanctions on Penn State including the implementation of a four-year ban on participation in the Big 10 Conference football championship game and a four-year ban on receiving conference bowl revenue. The revenue ban is estimated at $13 million.