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 NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance rejected the UConn men’s basketball team’s final appeal of a postseason ban for the 2012-13 season. New UConn athletic director Warde Manuel criticized the decision stating he was “frustrated” with the implementation of a rule that was changed and retroactively punished student-athletes to this extent.
Takeaway: Baylor University was found by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions to have failed to monitor its men’s and women’s basketball programs and violated recruiting rules. The current men’s basketball head coach also was cited for failure to monitor. The penalties received in this case include three years of probation, recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions.
Takeaway: The University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, violated financial aid rules and failed to monitor its athletics program, according to findings by the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions. NCAA Division III legislation prevents schools from considering athletics participation or performance when determining financial aid. In addition, Division III athletics staff members cannot serve on financial aid committees and must not be involve with the review of scholarships a university offers to student-athletes.