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: An NCAA Rules Working Group has proposed a rule change that would allow staff members now known as directors of operations or directors of player personnel to watch film of a prospect or to contact a prospect’s coach or guardian. Currently, only head coaches or assistant coaches can participate in the selection and evaluation of recruits. Although the intent of the rule change is to continue to deregulate what many see as frivolous legislation there is a lot of debate on this issue. Specifically, the NCAA would need to define any limitations on who could fill this position and address issues regarding competitive equity.
Marquette dumps assistant over NCAA violations
Takeaway: Marquette head men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams announced the dismissal of assistant Scott Monarch this past week as part of the school’s self-imposed sanctions for recruiting rules violations it reported to the NCAA. The key issue here was Monarch was “found to have been untruthful with department administrators on multiple occasions” after the violations were discovered. Accordingly, athletics compliance offices must educate staff members and student-athletes regarding the requirements imposed by Bylaw 10 (Unethical Conduct).
Takeaway: A Mississippi State University booster was found to have had “impermissible contact” with a recruit and may have engaged in other NCAA rules violations according to information obtained by the Clarion-Ledger. The institution has since disassociated the booster. Accordingly, athletics compliance offices must have rules-education efforts in place for representatives of athletics interests. These efforts should, at a minimum, include a routine newsletter designed for boosters and appropriate educational information posted on the institution’s athletics website.
Takeaway:Former Penn State faculty leaders blasted the NCAA and former FBI director Louis Freeh on Tuesday over their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, stating the report and the sanctions imposed by the NCAA unfairly punish the entire university community. The MLBLF response to the NCAA’s sanctions on PSU can be found here.