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 Infractions Appeals Committee explained that while the Committee on Infractions “should not be strictly bound to a decision made years earlier, where the circumstances of intercollegiate athletics are shown to be qualitatively different, it does not mean that prior decisions provide no restraint or guidance to the Committee on Infractions and this committee or that insignificant changes in the environment in which NCAA member institutions can justify ignoring prior decisions.” The IAC further explained in the present case, “there appears to be no qualitative distinction in the record that would warrant the extent of departure from prior precedent that was undertaken by the Committee on Infractions.”
Takeaway: The COI emphasized the importance of devoting the resources necessary to put in place a “thorough and comprehensive” campus-wide compliance system. Specifically, institutions should take note that effective monitoring systems must include proper training and rules-education for any employee whose responsibilities interface with with athletics or has responsibilities that fall within the purview of NCAA legislation.
Takeaway: A federal prosecutor believes Samuel Villeareal III, recently charged in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring, supplied some players on the 2010-2011 University of Kansas basketball team with the drug.