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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: West Texas A&M University (Division II)

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 17:44

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee,” “Panel,” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that West Texas A&M University (“WAMU” or “Institution”) committed major violations of NCAA legislation. The Committee considered this case through the cooperative summary disposition process in which all parties agree to the primary facts and violations as fully set forth in the Summary Disposition Report (“SDR”). It centered on members of the football coaching staff providing impermissible benefits to prospective and enrolled student-athletes and providing false information about the violations. The case also involved two student-athletes who engaged in academic fraud and the failure of a football coach to report the fraud once he became aware of it. Because the institution and one of the involved individuals agreed to the violations and penalties, they have no opportunity to appeal. Two other involved individuals contested the committee's proposed additional penalties concerning them at expedited penalty hearings. Those two individuals have opportunities to appeal the contested penalties to the NCAA Division II Infractions Appeals Committee.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Southeast Missouri State University

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 18:14

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that Southeast Missouri State University (“SEMO” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation. The case also included a former assistant women's basketball coach. A panel of the committee considered this case through the cooperative summary disposition process in which all parties agreed to the primary facts and violations set forth in the summary disposition report ("SDR"). The panel agreed with the violations comprising the case but proposed further penalties for the institution and the former assistant women's basketball coach. The institution and the former assistant women's basketball coach agreed to the additional penalties.

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Deppe v. NCAA: Antitrust Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Cap on Football Scholarships and Removal of Transfer Restrictions

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 25 March 2016 16:03

Peter Deppe (hereinafter “Plaintiff”) filed suit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (hereinafter “NCAA” or “Defendant”) under Section 1 of the Sherman. The suit was filed on March 8, 2016 in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Plaintiff seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief. The suit also seeks certification as a class action.

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Metcalf v. University of North Carolina: Dismissed

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Monday, 22 February 2016 22:18

Several University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (“UNC”) student-athletes filed suit against UNC alleging they were coerced into taking “shadow curriculum” based on bogus classes. Additionally, the student-athletes argued they were blocked from receiving the education they were promised because coaches and administrators funneled them into “sham” courses offered by the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.  UNC argued the case lacked merit and, further, argued UNC is immune from suit and the limitations period closed years ago.  Ultimately, Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin agreed and dismissed the case.

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Berger v. NCAA: Motion to Dismiss Granted

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Monday, 22 February 2016 21:38

The three plaintiffs in this matter were one time members of the women’s track and field team at the University of Pennsylvania (“Penn”).  The plaintiffs argue they are employees of Penn for the purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and, thus, they are entitled under the wage-and-hour provisions of the FLSA to be paid at least minimum wage for the work they perform as student-athletes. The plaintiffs sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and 123 NCAA member institutions that field Division I athletic teams.

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Penn Law Sports Law Symposium

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 22:36

On February 19, 2016, the Penn Law Entertainment and Sports Law Society is hosting its 3rd Annual Sports Law Symposium.  To register click on the following link:

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of Louisiana, Lafayette

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Friday, 15 January 2016 20:46

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel” or “COI”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (“ULL” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation. This case initially arose out of a different investigation at another member institution. The NCAA enforcement staff interviewed a football student-athlete who had transferred to ULL and an assistant football coach. Both of these individuals became central figures in this case. The interviews ultimately led to an NCAA investigation of the ULL football program centered on possible entrance exam fraud committed by a former assistant football coach and several enrolled football student-athletes.

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Missouri House Bill No. 1743

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:45

The University of Missouri’s football student-athletes banded together for a cause they believed to be important and indicated if certain administrators chose not to step down, the student-athletes would not play football. Quickly, administrators resigned or indicated they would later resign. The Missouri legislature responded with House Bill No. 1743 (“Bill”). In pertinent part, the Bill states:

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: University of Hawaii, Manoa

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 22:07

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel”) recently issued its findings and found that the University of Hawaii, Manoa (“UH” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Florida A&M University

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015 19:01

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel”) recently issued its findings and found that Florida A&M University (“FAMU” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation. The Committee considered this case through the cooperative summary disposition process in which all parties agreed to the primary facts and violations, as fully set forth in the summary disposition report (“SDR”).

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