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: Former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe is believed to be on the short list to become the first Football Bowl Association executive director. The FBA posted a release announcing a search for the first-ever position. The job was created to solidify the bowls’ position as the postseason landscape changes. Commissioners are still deciding if and what bowls would be involved in the FBS playoff beginning after the 2014 season.
Takeaway: Kansas State assistant football coach Michael Smith will be restricted from recruiting, the result of improper cell phone contact with recruits. Telephone call legislation is available in NCAA Bylaw 13.1.3.
Takeaway: Virginia Commonwealth is leaving the Colonial Athletic Conference for the Atlantic 10 Conference beginning in 2012-13. The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm has advised, and continues to recommend, NCAA member institutions conduct annual discussions (among all significant decision makers and stakeholders) on the short- and long-term strategic and tactical needs of the athletics department in several areas, including, but not limited to, competitive success and program development. The implementation of any strategies and tactics in the areas of competitive success and program development may involve or require changes in conference membership. Colleges and universities should be ready to make immediate decisions on conference membership that adheres to a strategic plan if another round of conference re-alignment occurs in the next five years.