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: While Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis likely did not violate NCAA recruiting legislation when he sent a direct Twitter message to Michigan point guard Trey Burke it is a reminder that athletics staff members may contact student-athletes of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution’s athletics director.
Takeaway: The NCAA is exploring a new governance model due to the increasing economic gap between Division I institutions.
Takeaway: Ohio State University’s social media policy requires that student-athletes “may not block or otherwise prevent coaches or athletic department staff members from viewing your site.” According to some attorneys, public institutions that have such policies may be walking a fine line in regard to violating these student-athlete’s First and Fourth Amendment Rights.
Takeaway: NCAA legislation requires teams to have at least 2 days off per week during the offseason.