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Compliance-Related Lesson from Buckner’s Appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines: Annual Performance Evals Follow-Up

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.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


2 thoughts on “Compliance-Related Lesson from Buckner’s Appearance on ESPN’s Outside the Lines: Annual Performance Evals Follow-Up

  1. Regarding ‘Ohio State’s’ violations. Penalties are man made but we should always take the wisdom of ‘Jesus”s demand/request: “LET HE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STOME”! I’m scarred as heck about judgement day. I couldn’t in good concious find a ‘PEBBLE’ large enough to equate to my Sins & my ‘allegator mouth’s to quick to respond habits. Therefore, I still do it, but I try to be humble in asking God and the affended’s forgiveness. I agree that penalties are in order but let’s not let our ‘allegator mouths/judgments over ride our hummingbird common sense.

    Stan Williams

    Posted by Stan Williams | August 8, 2011, 3:31 pm
  2. It will be up to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions to determine punishment in this case. OSU more than likely agrees with your sentiments.

    Posted by Michael L. Buckner, Esquire | August 8, 2011, 3:57 pm

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