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Michael L. Buckner Law Firm Weekly NCAA Compliance and Enforcement Round-Up

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.

MSU asks billboards be taken down

Takeaway: Mississippi State University asked that its five billboards featuring MSU players hoisting the Egg Bowl trophy with the words “Play With the Best” to be taken down Wednesday amid concerns of potential NCAA rules violations. NCAA Bylaw does not permit athletic departments to “solicit the enrollment of a prospective student-athlete” via game programs or printed materials “published to provide information concerning the athletics participation or evaluation of prospective student-athletes … for any purpose whatsoever, including advertisements.”

Did party cross NCAA lines?

Takeaway:  Ole Miss is investigating whether a birthday party this month for a football student-athlete violated NCAA rules. A flier, which was circulated on the Internet and was also used as the student-athlete’s Facebook profile picture, indicates a $10 cover charge for the party. Athletes are not allowed to use their name, likeness or photo in for-profit ventures, according to NCAA rules.

Godwin suspended for NCAA violation

Takeaway: East Carolina University head baseball coach Billy Godwin is on a self-imposed two-week suspension in the wake of an NCAA violation for providing impermissible housing to volunteer assistant coaches. The institution is awaiting an NCAA decision in what is likely a secondary violation.

O’Brien wins appeal with impassioned speech

Takeaway: Miami Hurricanes catcher Peter O’Brien was cleared by the NCAA on Thursday to play this season after being initially denied in November. O’Brien is a senior transfer from Bethune-Cookman, who transferred to UM to be closer to his ill mother. Under NCAA Bylaw, O’Brien would have had to sit out a year since baseball does not fall under the one-time transfer exception.

Other options for Evangel leaving NAIA Division I

Takeaway: Institutions looking to become a member of the NCAA Division II can review the requirements here.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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