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Michael L. Buckner Law Firm Weekly NCAA Compliance and Enforcement Round-Up

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.

UNC receives postseason ban, scholarship reductions

Takeaway:  The COI determined UNC committed multiple violations, including academic fraud, impermissible agent benefits, ineligible participation and a failure to monitor its football program. Additionally, NCAA COI declined “to impose a blanket duty on institutions to monitor social networking sites”.

Georgia Tech appeal upheld

Takeaway:  The IAC denied Georgia Tech’s appeal to have sanctions reduced, including the loss of its 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference football championship. This past July, the NCAA ruled Georgia Tech must pay a $100,000 fine and return its 2009 ACC championship trophy as punishment for allowing an ineligible football student-athlete to compete. The school was also given recruiting restrictions and placed on probation for four years.

Fab Melo is ineligible for the NCAA tournament, but Syracuse is used to brushing off adversity

Takeaway:  Syracuse basketball student-athlete Fab Melo will miss the NCAA men’s basketball tournament due to an “eligibility issue.” A source told CBSSports.com, “the NCAA went back and looked at his schoolwork… into the fact that he didn’t do some of the work.”

Miami’s Durand Scott to sit out against Valparaiso

Takeaway:  University of Miami men’s basketball student-athlete Durand Scott must sit out a total of six games before returning to action after being declared ineligible as a result of receiving impermissible benefits.



About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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