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NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions Releases Decision in Radford University Case

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions issued its decision in the Radford University enforcement case on February 24, 2012. The committee determined the institution committed major violations in its men’s basketball and tennis programs involving recruiting inducements and extra-benefits committed by one current and four former coaches. The illicit benefits and inducements included impermissible transportation, lodging and meals. Moreover, the committee found the rules-violations “were exacerbated by efforts of the men’s basketball staff, led by the former head coach, to conceal some of the violations during the investigation. As a result, the former head men’s basketball coach, two former assistant basketball coaches and a former director of operations were cited for unethical conduct. The former head coach was also found for a failure to promote compliance.” The committee noted in its infractions report the “case is one in a series of recent infractions in which there has been either a concerted effort to cover up violations, or there was a deliberate failure to report violations. In each of those cases, the concealment resulted in more serious violations and penalties than the original case might have warranted.”

The committee imposed numerous sanctions including scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, vacation of records, two years probation and a $2,000 fine. Further, the former head coach received a five-year show-cause penalty restricting any recruiting activity and two former assistant coaches and the former director of operations each received a two-year show-cause restricting any off-campus recruiting.

A copy of the infractions report can be reviewed on the NCAA website, ncaa.org.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends NCAA member institutions: (a) review the infractions report; (b) highlight the major rule-violations described in the report during the next scheduled rules-education session and publications; and (c) enhance rules-compliance procedures to address the violations.

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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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