Michael L. Buckner was quoted on-air during the “Buckeye Memorabilia Scandal” segment of ESPN’s Outside the Lines, which aired on Sunday, August 7, 2011, on ESPN and ESPN2. The video of the segment can be viewed on the ESPN Outside the Lines webpage.
Buckner was asked by ESPN reporter Tom Farrey about how well administrators monitored Tressel, who in his 2005-06 performance review was rated by former Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger as “unacceptable” for his self-reporting of NCAA rules violations.” In a portion of his interview that was not included in the segment, Buckner informed Farrey although it is not unusual for institutions to provide oral (rather than written) performance evaluations, an NCAA member institution has an obligation to demonstrate it is: a) monitoring an athletics employee’s identified deficiencies; and b) implementing measures to improve on the identified deficiencies. [Note: The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions use written performance evaluations.]
The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends NCAA member institutions consider Buckner’s advice during and after annual performance evaluations for employees with athletically-related duties.