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NCAA Issues Decision Against Syracuse University for Violations

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions released its decision in the Syracuse University enforcement case on March 6, 2015. The Committee on Infractions concluded “Syracuse University did not control and monitor its athletics programs, and its head men’s basketball coach failed to monitor his program” during a ten-year span. Further, the NCAA committee determined the institution “discovered and self-reported 10 violations in this case, which primarily involved men’s basketball but also football” and dated to 2001 and “include academic misconduct, extra benefits, the failure to follow its drug testing policy and impermissible booster activity”. The NCAA investigator also discovered other violations including “impermissible academic assistance and services, the head basketball coach’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor his staff, and the school’s lack of control over its athletics program.” The Committee on Infractions-imposed penalties included: five years of probation; financial penalties; reduction of three men’s basketball scholarships per year for four years; vacation of wins in which ineligible students participated; a nine conference game suspension for the head basketball coach; and men’s basketball recruiting restrictions for two years. The infractions panel also accepted “the school’s one-year postseason ban in men’s basketball it self-imposed after the NCAA hearing, among other measures outlined in the public decision”.

The full decision of the Committee on Infractions can be downloaded here.

Media reports on the Syracuse University infractions decision can be read here (ESPN.com); here (CBSSports.com); and here (Fox Sports.com).

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About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.

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