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 NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has found Easter Michigan University failed to monitor its women’s basketball program under former head coach AnnMarie Gilbert, which has caused the program to be put on two additional years of probation. The underlying violations involved exceeding practice hour limitations and workouts with prospective student-athletes. Additional penalties included a loss of 5 official visits, the loss of two countable hours per week during the playing season, the loss of one countable hour per week during the off-season and a two-year show-cause order for Gilbert. A full analysis of this case will appear in Monday’s blog post.
Takeaway: An internal audit of the University of Hawaii Athletics department discovered possible violations of NCAA legislation involving summer camps associated with the institution’s football program. The audit revealed the athletic department used $78,000 raised at football scholarship dinners to boost the salaries of the coaches and staff who ran the camps. The NCAA requires member institutions to properly document all sport camp revenues and expenses. Additionally, the institution waived fees for 44 camp participants, which raises concerns should any of those prospective student-athletes have went on to participate on the football team at Hawaii.
Takeaway: Indiana freshmen Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been suspended nine games by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits from an AAU coach while in high school. Specifically, the NCAA determined that money provided by the student-athlete’s Indiana Elite AAU coach Mark Adams were impermissible benefits because he was considered a representative of the institution’s athletics interests. Adams had provided the institution a total of $185 to the university between 1986-92.
Takeaway: NCAA President Mark Emmert announced this week he does not expect member institutions to change NCAA legislation on drug use even after Washington and Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana in those states. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson further commented that the state legalization “does not impact the NCAA drug-testing rules because the ban and testing policies are not tied to whether a substance is legal for general population use, but rather whether the substance is considered a threat to student- athletes’ health and safety or the integrity of the game.”
Takeaway: Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt announced this week that the NCAA accepted the institution’s self-imposed penalties regarding practice hour limitation violations under former head men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie. The penalties imposed by the institution included a reduction in practice time over a four-week period during the fall of 2012.