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 Jackson State University football team, who was anticipating being ineligible for play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game for a second straight year because of low Academic Progress Rate scores, had the ban lifted this week as a result of the APR rule change regarding limited-resource institutions.
Takeaway: The Daily Kent Stater reported that Kent State met NCAA game attendance requirements by using athletic department funds to “purchase” tickets after the end of the season. The NCAA requires Division I football institutions to show an average if 15,000 attendees (counted by actual spectators and by tickets purchased) over a two-year period. This requirement can be met by school purchasing tickets themselves.
Takeaway: Similar to the situations at the University of Connecticut and the University of Toledo, the University of North Carolina-Wilmington was denied its appeal for a penalty waiver in regard to their APR score.
Takeaway: The NCAA has ruled that South Carolina failed to monitor its athletic program that resulted in various rules violations and has accepted the school’s proposed sanctions to cut six football scholarships and slash its official recruiting visits by more than half in the coming year.
Takeaway: The NCAA Subcommittee for Legislative Relief denied Kansas University wide receiver Justin McCay’s appeal, and he’ll be ineligible for the 2012 football season. McCay played his first two seasons at the University of Oklahoma.