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 University of Alabama ended its probationary period this week following the institution’s 2007 enforcement case. An internal investigation that began in 2007 revealed that athletes in 16 sports, including seven football players, arranged for free textbooks for their friends. Institutions should note that regardless of the determined probationary period, institutions are still subject to the five-year repeat violator window and NCAA Bylaw 184.108.40.206.2.
Takeaway: Although no definite decisions have been made regarding college football’s future postseason model, BCS commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director have addressed several possibilities and will report to their presidents, who will ultimately decide. The BCS presidential oversight committee meets June 26 in Washington.
Takeaway: NCAA President Mark Emmert discusses upcoming enforcement process changes, academic reform, the distinction between college and professional sports and conference realignment with Tim Rohan of the New York Times.