Justin P. Sievert, of-counsel to the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, was quoted in an August 18, 2011, article in the Lafayette Journal and Courier and IndyStar regarding the impact of the University of Miami (FL) investigation on Purdue quarterback Robert Marve. Marve was implicated in a Yahoo! Sports report detailing University of Miami (FL) booster Nevin Shapiro, who claims to have provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010. Marve was Miami’s starting quarterback during the 2008-2009 season and transferred to Purdue in 2009. The article included the following quote when discussing Purdue’s statement on Marve’s eligibility and the process that went into the decision:
“Robert Mathner, an assistant professor at Troy and former compliance director at Montana, Syracuse and Central Florida, and Justin P. Sievert, a college sports attorney for the Florida-based Michael Buckner Law Firm, both said earlier Wednesday that Purdue had to make a judgment call on Marve’s future eligibility. At risk was the potential of having to forfeit future games if Marve played for the Boilermakers. ‘They probably talked to the key players, such as Marve,’ Sievert said Wednesday night. ‘Whatever he told them, they must be comfortable moving forward and they must feel whatever comes out of this story it’s not going to have an impact on his eligibility.’ Sievert’s law firm specializes in assisting schools and coaches in NCAA infraction cases.”
In reference to the above quotes, the Michael Buckner Law firm recommends institutions review the March 29, 2010, Michael L. Buckner Law Firm Collegiate Athletics Best Practices Newsletter. The newsletter discusses the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee decision from the University of Memphis enforcement case. The appelate decision left in place the Committee on Infractions’ “strict liability” standard, which puts a heightened burden on an institution’s responsibility to ensure the eligibility of student-athletes.