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: Radford University was found to have committed major violations in its men’s basketball and tennis programs, according to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. The violations in the case centered on recruiting inducements and extra benefits committed by one current and four former coaches. These benefits primarily involved impermissible transportation, lodging and meals. The NCAA stated these violations were “exacerbated” by efforts of the men’s basketball staff who attempted 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.
Takeaway: Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, believes the University of Oregon and the NCAA are headed for summary disposition for OU’s current NCAA enforcement case involving their football program. OU recently released documents stating there was a failure to monitor the football program’s use of recruiting services.
Takeaway: Reggie Johnson was ruled ineligible by the University of Miami (UM) after an investigation revealed that members of his family accepted extra benefits from a former UM coach. UM stated Johnson was unaware of the benefits and personally accepted nothing. In accordance with NCAA rules, Johnson repaid the value of the benefits conferred and sat out one game and was reinstated.