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: NCAA President Mark Emmert believes that despite the growing gap between the largest and smallest athletic department budgets that a split from the NCAA is an “unrealistic notion.” One of the issues with any separation would be the need to recreate two of the NCAA’s primary roles; enforcing rules and operating championship events.
Takeaway: Southwest Baptist University’s head men’s basketball coach committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance, according to findings by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions. Specifically, the head coach sent 472 impermissible text messages to 29 prospective student-athletes and the parents of two prospective student-athletes.Penalties included one year of probation, multiple recruiting limitations, scholarship reductions and a suspension for the head coach for two conference games.
Takeaway: The Idaho State Journal reported that former Idaho State University interim men’s basketball coach Deane Martin sent a letter to Athletic Director Jeff Tingey warning that a booster willing to pay quality basketball players money to get them to the school. According to the report, the NCAA and the institution have launched an investigation in order to determine if any violations of NCAA legislation have occurred.