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 Clemson University athletic department released a list of 10 secondary violations that have occurred over the past year. Among the violations that occurred was a PSA receiving $1,767 in cell phone service over a two-year period from his high school coach, impermissible transportation on an unofficial visit to the institution by a representative of athletics interests, and extra benefits (clothing and apparel) from the representative for the PSA and his brother totaling $320. The other nine reported secondary violations included “two SAs staying with a former teammate at a hotel suite valued at $379, a Clemson coach posting a congratulatory message on a prospect’s Facebook page, and violations for student-athletes appearing on advertisements for commercial business.”
Takeaway: Penn State University has begun to implement new institutional guidelines as a result of the investigation conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh following the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The new components have included a focus on the prompt reporting of allegations, the addition of a new compliance officer and structural changes for the Board of Trustees “designed to improve transparency and university governance.”
Takeaway: Kansas State University suspended forward Jamar Samuels, who was found to have accepted $200 from his former AAU coach Curtis Malone prior to the institution’s third-round NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game against Syracuse University. John Currie, Kansas State’s athletic director, addressed this issue explaining there can be “serious repercussions” for an institution that knowingly allows a potentially ineligible SA to play.
Takeaway: Former sports agent Joshua Luchs recommends the NCAA allow student-athletes to have agents, which in his opinion, would allow the NCAA a better opportunity to regulate the process.