Michael L. Buckner, shareholder of Buckner, was quoted in the October 24, 2014, article, “UNC’s unprecedented academic fraud case will test NCAA”, which was written by Jon Solomon and published on CBSSports.com. Solomon, the National College Football Writer for CBSSports.com, provided an update on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) academic fraud case, as well as the potential actions of the NCAA as it relates to the student-athletes involved in the scandal.
According to media reports, the case began with the discovery of an unusual B-plus grade on a football student-athlete’s academic transcript. The flagged grade led to the discovery that more than 200 lecture-style classes in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies did not meet from 1997 to 2011. Further, hundreds of suspect independent studies enrollments and unauthorized grade changes were found in the department. Student-athletes were involved in the misconduct.
Buckner was quoted on his predictions on what the NCAA will do to address the academic fraud violations:
“This is going to be the first really big test for the penalty matrix and the new structure that was designed to tackle the most serious cases,” said attorney Michael Buckner, who runs a sports law firm that has worked on NCAA cases. “I think the NCAA, because of the scrutiny the enforcement staff has gone under, will take a very cautious and thorough approach to it. We all know in this business that academic fraud is one of, if not the most, serious allegation you can make.”