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: Title IX, which turned forty this past week, was implemented for the purpose of banning sex discrimination in federally funded schools and colleges. Title IX has played an essential role in providing enhanced opportunities for female student-athletes and shaping today’s college athletics landscape.
Takeaway: Rob Dauster of SI.com believes that while the NCAA’s increased academic requirements are positive, the changes could lead to increased academic fraud at the high school level. Dauster also argues that the APR is not a useful tool in measuring academic progress or success because too many variables are outside of the control of the institution.
Takeaway: Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted this past week of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts and faces life in prison.
Takeaway: Matt Hinton of CBSSports.com argues that while Sandusky’s crimes are reprehensible, the NCAA should not view his actions as within their jurisdiction. If the NCAA were to bring allegations, they would likely fall under the association’s institutional control and ethical conduct legislation.
Takeaway: Mississippi State and Mississippi Valley State have canceled the 2013 college football opener due to a rule prohibiting FBS institutions from counting a win against an FCS institution that fails to meet the NCAA’s financial-aid requirements. If an FBS institution plays against an FCS institution that does not provide athletics aid to at least 90 percent of its 63-man roster over a rolling two-year period, the FBS institution cannot count this possible win on the institution’s record.