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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Morehouse College (Division II)

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Monday, 27 July 2015 18:52

The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently released its findings and found that Morehouse College (“MC”) committed major violations of NCAA legislation. This case involved the football, cross-country, basketball, golf and baseball programs. After the investigation concluded the case was submitted to the Committee through the summary disposition process, which is an alternative to a formal hearing before the Committee that may be utilized when the NCAA enforcement staff, the member institution, and involved individuals agree to the facts of an infractions case and that those facts constitute major violations of NCAA legislation.

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NCAA Seeks a Stay from the Ninth Circuit

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:45

The NCAA has filed a motion with the 9th Circuit, United States Court of Appeals to stay an injunction entered in O’Bannon v. NCAA. Per the district court’s ruling, football and men’s basketball student-athletes would be permitted to start deferring payments of $5,000.00 each year beginning on August 1, 2015. The parties are waiting on a ruling from the 9th Circuit on the NCAA’s appeal. Oral arguments were heard on the appeal on March 17, 2015.

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O'Bannon v. NCAA: NCAA Ordered to Pay O'Bannon Lawyers' Fees and Costs

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:53

On July 13, 2015, Federal magistrate judge Nathanael Cousins ordered the NCAA to pay nearly $44.4 million in attorneys' fees and $1.5 million in costs to lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O'Bannon class-action lawsuit. Lawyers for the O'Bannon class had previously requested attorneys' fees in the amount of nearly $45.6 million and nearly $5.3 million in costs and expenses.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Southeastern Louisiana University (2015)

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 20:01

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently issued its findings and found that Southeastern Louisiana University (“SELU”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.   This case centered on impermissible athletically related activity that took place outside of SELU’s declared playing season during the spring and summer of 2013. It also included impermissible lodging and tryouts for prospective student-athletes. A former head women's volleyball coach arranged and, in some instances, observed the impermissible athletically related activity. Much of this impermissible activity also involved a former volunteer assistant women's volleyball coach. Because of her activities and involvement, the former volunteer assistant women's volleyball coach became a countable coach under NCAA legislation – a status that the head coach knew. Finally, the case involved the unethical conduct of the former head women's volleyball coach because he provided false information when asked about the role and responsibility of the former volunteer assistant women's volleyball coach.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of Florida

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 28 May 2015 19:26

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of Florida (“UF”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.   This case involved a single recruiting violation in the football program at UF.The Committee concluded that an assistant football coach at UF committed a Level II violation when he had an off-campus recruiting contact with a football prospective student-athlete during the prospect's junior year of high school. The contact occurred at the prospect's high school.

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Georgia Governor Signs the “Todd Gurley Bill”

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Friday, 22 May 2015 14:59

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 3, dubbed the “Todd Gurley Bill.” The Bill provides criminal penalties up to a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and a $5,000.00 fine and states:

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Oklahoma State University

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Monday, 27 April 2015 17:02

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently issued its findings and found that Oklahoma State University (“OSU”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.   This case involved OSU’s failure to comply with its drug testing policy and the football program's impermissible use of a gender-based student hosting group, the Orange Pride, to assist in football recruiting activities at OSU.

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Texas A&M University School of Law, 2nd Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Society Symposium

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:34

On Friday, March 20, 2015, Texas A&M University School of Law will be hosting its Second Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium.  The schedule provides for a great group of panelists and should provide for interesting discussion.  Texas A&M University School of Law is located at 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.  The details for the program are as follows:

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Syracuse University

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 21:26

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee”) recently issued its findings and found that Syracuse University (“Syracuse”) committed violations of NCAA legislation. Over the course of a decade, the Syracuse set in motion or otherwise permitted Syracuse’s staff and persons associated with its athletics programs to engage in conduct contrary to established NCAA bylaws and Syracuse’s rules and procedures. The violations in this case centered on the Syracuse's men's basketball program, its student-athletes and staff. To a lesser extent, violations involved the Syracuse's football program and football student-athletes.

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Chavis v. LSU: Dispute Over Liquidated Damages Clause in Coaching Contract

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Monday, 09 March 2015 21:08

On February 27, 2015, Johnny J. Chavis (“Chavis”) filed suit against Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (“LSU”) and Texas A&M University (“A&M”) is Brazos County, Texas. In his complaint, Chavis explains he entered into an employment agreement with LSU on January 1, 2009 to serve as the defensive coordinator and linebackers’ coach. The term of the original agreement was from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011. On January 1, 2012, Chavis and LSU amended the employment agreement to extend his employment until December 31, 2014. On January 10, 2013, Chavis and LSU again extended his employment to conclude on December 31, 2015.

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