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 Fiesta Bowl named attorney Stephanie Jarvis as its chief compliance officer/general counsel. The position was created during restructuring following an internal probe that uncovered financial mismanagement that could have endangered the bowl’s non-profit status.
Takeaway: Although some Ohio State University officials wanted to appeal the football program’s one-year bowl ban, President Gordon Gee decided that the university would accept the punishment regardless of his personal feelings that the penalty is out of line with prior cases.
Takeaway: Coach Green used a player’s credit-card information to pay parking fines for two possible transfer student-athletes in June 2010 in order to get their transcripts released to Newman University. According to the player, Green asked her to pay the fines because the coach paying would be a violation of NCAA rules. Newman self-imposed the following penalties: (1) Green served a one-game suspension Dec. 17 (2) loss of two book scholarships; (3) had the amount of recruiting visits reduced from an unlimited number to eight (4) must attend the May NCAA Regional Rules seminar; and (5) must meet with Newman’s compliance director twice per semester.
Takeaway: University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt was cited with a secondary violation for paying staff members extra income from his own pocket because he didn’t think they were making enough money. These payouts totaled $25,000. These violations fell under NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199, which monitors supplemental pay to athletics staff members.
Takeaway: High school athletic director Chuck Bailey appointed boys basketball coach Alan Green as the school’s compliance officer to make sure the school’s student-athletes are in compliance with Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules of eligibility. Bailey was prompted to make this move following several ineligibility scandals at other large high schools. Green believes “other schools could look at this and see that there’s a need for it.”