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NCAA Enforcement Review: Texas Southern University

On October 9, 2012, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found Texas Southern University demonstrated a lack of institutional control and was responsible for booster involvement in recruiting, academic improprieties, ineligible student-athlete participation and exceeding scholarship limits. The Committee also cited the former head basketball coach for unethical conduct and found the former head football coach did not promote an atmosphere for compliance. Further, the Committee noted that the institution was a double repeat violator and was not taking the necessary remedial actions as outlined during their probationary periods.

The institutional penalties in this case included a five-year probationary period, a two-year postseason ban for football and a one-year postseason ban for men’s basketball, scholarship reductions in football over four years (specifically, a limit of no more than 65 overall counters, 25 initial counters (from 30 maximum) and 60 equivalency scholarships (from 63 maximum)), scholarship reductions in men’s basketball over three years (specifically, a limit of 11 men’s basketball scholarships (from 13 maximum)), a reduction in recruiting opportunities for multiple sports and win vacations in all sports from 2006-07 through 2009-10 (additionally 2010-11 for football and women’s soccer).

Takeaway: One of the more noteworthy penalties in this case is Texas Southern’s inability to schedule FBS opponents in football over the probationary period. Games between FCS and FBS schools often provide FCS institutions a substantial revenue opportunity. Additionally, the Committee mandated the institution provide an in-person review of athletics policies and practices, at the university’s expense, through the term of probation. The Michael L. Buckner Law  Firm advises all institutions going through probation to seek assistance from experienced outside counsel in implementing self-corrective measures and complying with the terms of probation.

The full report can be found here.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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