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NCAA Enforcement Potpourri: Nevin Shapiro, UM, Butch Davis and UNC

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.

Nevin Shapiro and the University of Miami Case

Former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro (currently in jail for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme) allegedly wrote in numerous e-mails in recent months, according to the Miami Herald Barry Jackson, “the public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months. It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both (UM and former players) and I’m going to be successful.”

The full articles on this story can be reviewed by clicking on the respective links: Miami HeraldSporting News.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Part I

The Daily Tar Heel’s editorial board issued a strongly-worded piece on February 13, 2012, suggesting the “at the very least, the NCAA should provide a general timetable for its investigative process, and it must stick to it.” The newspaper’s remarks are in response to a lack of word from the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions concerning the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s enforcement case. The Daily Tar Heel noted “according to its website, the NCAA typically hands down sanctions for a given infraction within six to eight weeks after the hearing. But UNC’s hearing was in October, and the University has yet to receive word on the sanctions almost 14 weeks later. If the NCAA cannot offer an explanation for these delays, it should be prepared for the public to draw its own conclusions.”

The full editorial can be read by clicking here.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Part II

Robert Orr, an attorney who represented former UNC football student-athletes Quinton Coples and Devon Ramsay, claimed former UNC head football coach Butch Davis was a “scapegoat” in the NCAA enforcement case involving the football program. Orr, according to media reports, “delivered a scathing assessment of the NCAA during a presentation to other lawyers and academics Friday night called ‘The NCAA and Athletes’ Procedural Rights.’” Orr also claimed to the media “somebody’s head had to fall, and it wasn’t going to be the chancellor’s, wasn’t going to be anybody on the academic side. Butch Davis was the logical scapegoat.” Davis was terminated by UNC during the NCAA investigation concerning impermissible benefits and academic-fraud. However, Davis was not charged or implicated by the NCAA. The former coach, who is now employed by the NFL Tampa franchise, was released shortly before the start of the 2011 football season.

The full article on this story can be read by clicking here.

Disclaimer: The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm may represent a party or parties in one or more NCAA enforcement cases listed or described on this blog. This blog post does not represent arguments on behalf of firm clients.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

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


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