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: UNC has announced former North Carolina governor James G. Martin will lead an independent review of any additional academic irregularities that may have occurred before 2007. In May, UNC announced that it had found that 54 African-American Studies classes were either ” aberrant” or “irregularly” taught from summer 2007 to summer 2011. That included unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls, and limited or no class time. Of particular concern for the NCAA is the high student-athlete enrollment numbers in these courses.
Takeaway: SI.com has reported the University of Alabama self-reported 27 secondary rules violations to the NCAA over the past 13 months, including six by the men’s basketball staff and four involving football. The reporting of secondary violations are usually nothing to be alarmed of and are often evidence of a sound rules-compliance monitoring program.
Takeaway: This past Wednesday, the University of Central Florida notified the NCAA of its intent to appeal the 1 year postseason ban for its football program. The outcome and timing of the appeal will determine whether the ban will be upheld, and if so, if it will be served during the 2012 season or during their first year in the Big East Conference in 2013.
Takeaway: The UCLA men’s basketball program, which is set to travel to China next week for a series of exhibition games, will be without top incoming freshman Shabazz Muhammad due to an ongoing investigation. The NCAA is in the process of investigating whether Muhammad received improper benefits from the brother of an assistant coach at his high school or from a financial planner who helped fund a summer team on which he played.