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NCAA Enforcement Potpourri: Cases and Investigations Involving ECU and UConn

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm provides a summary of ongoing enforcement, reinstatement or waiver cases involving NCAA menber institutions. We call it “NCAA Enforcement Potpourri”. Enjoy.

East Carolina University

Bob Bonner of WECT reported “East Carolina University Director of Athletics Terry Holland announced Tuesday that Pirate head baseball coach Billy Godwin will serve a two-week suspension without pay as a department-imposed corrective action for a self-reported National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violation that involved impermissible housing benefits for volunteer coaches. Godwin’s suspension will prohibit the seventh-year skipper from performing any coaching, recruiting or administrative duties from Feb. 1 to Feb. 14. He will also be issued a formal letter of reprimand from Holland for his involvement in the infraction.” The institution stated, after a five-month investigation, the athletics compliance office determined that, during the period beginning with the fall 2004 semester (which was one year before Godwin’s appointment as head baseball coach) and concluding in 2011, four volunteer coaches received impermissible housing benefits.

Bonner’s full article can be reviewed by clicking here.

University of Connecticut

Brian Buckley, a featured columnist with the Bleacher Report, provided his analysis on the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of alleged benefits or inducements provided to Ryan Boatright’s mother. Buckley writes:

For the first three weeks of the 2011-2012 UConn men’s basketball season, Boatright was a non-factor.  Butterflies and the fast pace of the next level weren’t the culprit for the freshman’s lack of impact.  After learning that his mother had accepted money for a plane ticket to accompany her son on a recruiting trip, the NCAA deemed this dastardly act an “impermissible benefit” and suspended him for the first six UConn games. So, because his mother, Tanesha, accepted money for a plane ticket from Ryan’s old AAU coach, and old friend Reggie Rose, the powers that be decided this was unacceptable and a fifth of Boatright’s freshman season should be erased. … In addition to their absurd reign of power, the NCAA also ordered Tanesha to “stay away” from Reggie Rose. … But before Uconn’s matchup with Notre Dame 11 days ago, the NCAA informed the university that Boatright was “ineligible” until they completed an “investigation.”

Buckley’s full article can be reviewed by clicking here.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

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


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