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 NCAA prohibits employing an athlete’s name or likeness to promote a commercial interest.
Takeaway: As a result of the ongoing UNC enforcement case, 112 UNC faculty members endorsed an “athletic principles” statement. The three principles that the undersigned faculty hopes to see within the athletic department are institutional openness, educational responsibility and mission consistency.
Takeaway: Division I schools now have the option to offer scholarships guaranteed for more than one year. Of 330 institutions voting, 62.12 percent voted to override the legislation. A 62.5 percent majority of those voting was required to override legislation.
Takeaway: While Tribble’s response to the NCAA stated he lacked knowledge of NCAA recruiting rules he denied misleading NCAA investigators or intentionally violating NCAA rules. UCF President Joh Hitt, who fired Tribble, stated Tribble was supposed to be “the one the president and the chancellor count on to make sure the bar [of compliance] is raised.”
Takeaway: Vanderbilt vice-chancellor of athletics David Williams will conduct an internal investigation into whether head football coach James Franklin or anyone else on his staff tampered with Maryland players who intend to transfer. The investigation is in response to a formal complaint by the ACC on behalf Maryland. This was handed to the SEC, who sent a series of question to Vanderbilt regarding the allegations. Franklin has denied any wrongdoing.