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NCAA Enforcement Case Fallout: Ohio State Creates Vice-President for Compliance

Based on a recommendation contained in a consultant-issued report, the Ohio State University board of trustees voted unanimously on Friday (February 10, 2012) to create an Office of University Compliance and Integrity. The consultant’s report advised Ohio State to hire a vice president to oversee a new office responsible for monitoring compliance with rules and regulations. The board’s vote comes in the wake of Ohio State’s NCAA enforcement case involving the football program. The case led to the resignation of head football coach Jim Tressel and the imposition of penalties by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. The consultant’s report was provided to a committee of Ohio State’s board of trustees on Thursday, February 9, 2012. The full board of trustees heard and approved the recommendations the next day. Ohio State plans to implement the recommendations over the next six to 12 months. Sports Illustrated.com reported Ohio State chief financial officer Geoff Chatas explained the “university-wide compliance office would help provide consistency among the university’s department-level compliance teams that make sure various regulations are followed”. The proposal mirrors similar moves by other higher-education institutions, including the University of Southern California, which hired a prominent Los Angeles-based attorney as vice-president of compliance in the wake of the institution’s enforcement case involving former football student-athletes Reggie Bush and former men’s basketball student-athlete OJ Mayo.

The full articles on this story can be read by clicking on the respective links: Sports Illstrated.com; and The Latern.

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

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

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