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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Fayetteville State University (Division II)

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:20

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee,” “Panel,” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that the Fayetteville State University (“FSU” or “Institution” or “Fayetteville State”) committed major violations of NCAA legislation.  The core violations in this case revolved around two ineligible women's basketball transfer student-athletes the Institution allowed to enroll through a program titled "special visiting student program." Neither were eligible for financial aid and, as a result, a booster paid institutional charges incurred by the student-athletes. These payments constituted impermissible benefits under NCAA rules. The former head women's basketball coach and her husband, Fayetteville State's former director of intramurals, were directly involved in arranging the benefits. The head coach also allowed the two student-athletes to engage in impermissible practice activity.

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Disability and Loss of Value Insurance Policies for Athletes

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 10 November 2017 22:03

Elite college athletes often have a difficult decision to make—turn pro or stay in school.  Most commonly in football and men’s basketball, athletes are permitted to purchase disability and loss of value insurance policies to protect themselves from injury.  The NCAA permits athletes to receive up to $10,000,000.00 in coverage.  These policies, however, are very expensive and can cost in excess of $50,000.00.  Thus, athletes are left with a difficult choice to make.  Without insurance coverage an athlete potentially risks his future compensation.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Monmouth University

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 18:11

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that Monmouth University (“Institution” or “MU” or “Monmouth”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.  This case involved impermissible recruiting inducements, impermissible practice prior to enrollment, improper financial aid and extra benefits in the men's tennis program at MU. The scope and nature of the violations demonstrated the former head men's tennis coach's failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and MU’s failure to monitor. This case centers on significant failures by both the former head coach and MU stemming from the recruitment of an international prospective student-athlete whose visa status delayed his enrollment. The failures allowed violations to occur undetected over the course of several months. This case is yet another example of the increased risk of violations when a prospect moves near campus prior to enrollment.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Monday, 30 October 2017 15:38

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (“Institution” or “UNC”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.  This case centered on allegations stemming from a lengthy 18-year academic saga at UNC, which has received significant media and public attention.

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Bledsoe v. NCAA: OU Student-Athlete Challenges NCAA Drug Testing Policies

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Monday, 09 October 2017 22:05

Amani Bledsoe (“Bledsoe”) is a football student-athlete at the University of Oklahoma (“OU”).  He was highly recruited as a high football athlete and chose to attend OU over numerous other institutions.  Bledsoe enrolled at OU in August 2016 and participated as a member of the OU football team.  In September 2016, Bledsoe ran out of whey protein powder, so he borrowed an unopened container of Inner Armour Sports Nutrition: Anabolic Peak (“Supplement”) from a teammate.  Bledsoe ingested the Supplement on only one occasion.  Subsequently, he purchased his own whey protein supplement.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 18:59

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (“Institution” or “Rutgers”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.  This case involves the football program at Rutgers. It centers on seven violation areas: (1) impermissible recruiting activities by a student host group; (2) failure to follow the institution's drug-testing policy; (3) an impermissible academic benefit; (4) an impermissible recruiting contact; (5) unethical conduct by the former assistant football coach; (6) a violation of head coach responsibility legislation by the former head football coach; and (7) the Institution's failure to monitor aspects of its football program.  The seven violation areas, which occurred over an approximate five-year period, share the common thread of Rutgers and individuals failing to comply with institutional policies and compounding problems by further noncompliance with NCAA legislation.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of the Pacific

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 17:58

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of the Pacific (“UP” or “Institution” or “Pacific”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.  This case involved the men's basketball and baseball programs at UP. The basketball violations centered on academic misconduct and impermissible recruiting inducements. They involved three members of the men's basketball staff, including the former head men's basketball coach (head basketball coach). The sole baseball violation concerned the former head baseball coach's provision of impermissible athletically related financial aid to a student trainer.

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Head Coach Responsibility under NCAA Bylaw 11.1.1.1

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 29 September 2017 21:32

NCAA Bylaw 11.1.1.1 states a head coach is “presumed to be responsible for the actions of all institutional staff members who report, directly or indirectly, to the head coach” and it is the head coach’s responsibility to “monitor the activities of all institutional staff members involved with the program who report, directly or indirectly, to the coach.”  The risk of failing to properly monitor staff members reporting to a head coach is substantial.  In recent cases, high profile coaches have been suspended for three (3) conference games (University of Connecticut), nine (9) conference games (Syracuse University), and thirty percent (30%) of the team’s competitions (Southern Methodist University). On October 17, 2016, the NCAA sent the University of Louisville (“Louisville”) Notice of Allegations (“NOA”).  As part of the NOA, Louisville’s head men’s basketball coach was cited with violation of NCAA Bylaw 11.1.1.1.  In pertinent part the NOA states:

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The FBI Is Knocking: What’s Next for College Basketball Coaches?

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 22:01

Earlier this week, the college basketball community was rocked by allegations of payments exchanging hands relating to the recruitment of prospective student-athletes and the federal government's  investigation thereof.  I have a firm rule in life and in practice to steer clear of the scrutiny of the federal government.  However, it is not always that simple. Coaches around the country are likely shaking at the idea of facing federal prosecution.  Federal prosecution, however, is not the only regulation coaches should fear.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of South Florida

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:47

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of South Florida (“USF” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.  This case involved impermissible recruiting inducements in the men's basketball program at USF and unethical conduct by a former assistant men's basketball coach.  COI considered this case through the cooperative summary disposition process in which all parties (the institution, the named individual coaches and the NCAA enforcement staff) agreed to the primary facts and violations, as fully set forth in the summary disposition report (“SDR”).

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