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Follow-Up Stories on the NCAA Decision in the University of South Carolina-Columbia Case

The media published numerous articles and features concerning the fallout and reaction to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’s April 27, 2012, decision in the University of South Carolina-Columbia enforcement case. The Committee on Infractions determined South Carolina failed to monitor its athletics program and was responsible for impermissible recruiting, extra-benefits and preferential treatment. The committee also held the institution failed to monitor and investigate the impermissible recruiting activity by boosters. Specifically, the committee found at least four athletics department employees did not recognize the potential violations. When determining the penalties, the committee noted South Carolina’s cooperation in the investigation, “which went beyond standard expectations”, and the university’s self-imposed penalties. Penalties in the case, many of which were self-imposed by the university, include three years of probation, scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions, a $18,500 fine and disassociation of two involved boosters.

  • Brad Senkiw of the IndependentMail.com (Anderson, South Carolina) praised South Carolina’s handling of the case. The complete article can be read by clicking here.
  • Two media articles report on South Carolina President Harris Pastides’ description of “his trip to face the NCAA infractions committee ‘surreal'”. The complete articles on this story can be read by clicking here and here.

About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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