Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm, was quoted in a May 17, 2012, article by Doug Lesmerises published by The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio) concerning Ohio State University’s self-report of numerous secondary rules-violations to the NCAA. The article, “Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, AD Gene Smith admit ‘secondary’ NCAA violations; school reports 46 violations in all sports since last June”, noted:
None of the violations, among the 46 reported in 21 sports since May 30 of last year, are a big deal on their own, nothing close to the major violations that threw the football program into turmoil during 2011. The violations were released to The Plain Dealer on Thursday in response to a records request filed to Ohio State on April 18 for all NCAA violations committed by the school’s athletic department dating back to May 30, 2011. That was the date on which former football coach Jim Tressel was forced to resign. All of the violations since May 30 were secondary in nature other than the already known major violations committed by football players who received what the NCAA judged to be overpayment from Northeast Ohio booster Bobby DiGeronimo. Florida attorney Michael Buckner, an expert in NCAA law, said that number was not unusual for an athletic department the size of Ohio State. “In general, if you’re not reporting numerous secondary violations, then from the NCAA perspective, that could be considered a bad sign,” Buckner said. “If I was an OSU fan, I wouldn’t be alarmed by it. That means Ohio State is doing the right thing.”
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