Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, was quoted in the March 10, 2011, Columbus Dispatch article on Ohio State University head football coach Jim Tressel’s self-reported NCAA rule-violation. The article by Tim May, Jill Riepenhoff, Mike Wagner and Randy Ludlow quoted Buckner in the context of the severity of Ohio State’s self-imposed sanctions against Tressel:
“A person with experience in such NCAA matters said he thinks OSU might have been too lenient.
‘Just looking at it, it may seem a little light, especially in light of the fact Tressel didn’t report it to the university within a reasonable period of time,’ said Michael Buckner, who heads a law firm that helps schools deal with the NCAA.
Tressel didn’t speak with the Ohio State compliance office or his superiors about the e-mails until they were discovered in early January as officials prepared the appeal of the players’ penalties. He also signed a compliance form on Sept. 13 that said he had no knowledge of possible violations.
‘In those periods when he had an opportunity and a duty to disclose, he failed to do so,’ Buckner said. ‘I think the NCAA could also come back and add failure to monitor or failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Those are program violations. With those three (including the bylaw 10.1 violation), you could look at the two-game suspension and the fine to be the minimum.’”
Buckner, an attorney and licensed private investigator, represents colleges, universities and coaches in the NCAA enforcement process.