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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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Written by Christian Dennie   
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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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 18:43

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel”) recently issued its findings and found that Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne (“IUPU” 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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NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee: Syracuse University (Boeheim Appeal)

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Friday, 04 December 2015 20:41

On March 6, 2015, the Committee on Infractions (“COI”) issued its decision involving infractions committed by Syracuse University (“Syracuse” or “Institution”), in which the COI found violations of NCAA legislation in the men’s basketball and football programs. On the basis of those findings, COI determined that this was a major infractions case and imposed penalties accordingly. Jim Boeheim (“Head Coach” or “Boeheim”) appealed COI’s findings and penalties as they related to him.

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NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee: Syracuse University

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 19:53

On March 6, 2015, the Committee on Infractions (“COI”) issued its decision involving infractions committed by Syracuse University (“Syracuse” or “Institution”), in which the COI found violations of NCAA legislation in the men’s basketball and football programs. On the basis of those findings, COI determined that this was a major infractions case and imposed penalties accordingly.

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Pugh v. NCAA: Antitrust Lawsuit Seeking Multi-Year Scholarships, Uncapped Number of Football Scholarships, and Removal of Transfer Restrictions

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Written by Christian Dennie   
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:51

Devin Pugh (hereinafter “Devin” or “Plaintiff”) filed suit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (hereinafter “NCAA” or “Defendant”) under Section 1 of the Sherman. The suit was filed on November 5, 2015 in the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division. Devin seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief. The suit also seeks certification as a class action.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: California State University, Sacramento

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Friday, 13 November 2015 22:24

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel”) recently issued its findings and found that California State University, Sacramento (“CSU” 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). The panel then proposed further penalties to the institution, the former assistant football coach and the former head coach. All three parties agreed to the panel's proposed penalties; therefore, there is no opportunity to appeal.

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O’Bannon v. NCAA: Ninth Circuit Decision Affirming in Part and Vacating in Part

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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 16:21

After six years of litigation, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion affirming in part and vacating in part the District Court’s decision in O’Bannon v. NCAA. The long-awaited decision likely puts an end to the most volatile litigation in the history of the NCAA and allows for the current structure of the NCAA to stay largely intact. Yet, the decision also allows future plaintiffs some opening and arguments against the NCAA’s revered notions of amateurism. Analysis of the District Court’s decision can be found here.

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The NCAA Committee on Infractions Has Spoken: Southern Methodist University (2015)

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Thursday, 01 October 2015 18:35

The NCAA Committee on Infractions (“Committee” or “Panel”) recently issued its findings and found that Southern Methodist University(“SMU” or “Institution”) committed violations of NCAA legislation. In this case, the former head men's golf coach committed several violations relating to recruiting and unethical conduct that occurred due to his stated desire to increase the stature of the men's golf program and his failure to seek guidance from the institution's athletics compliance office. The former head men's golf coach impermissibly contacted prospective student-athletes and provided impermissible inducements to them in the form of institutional golf apparel and equipment. In addition, he failed to take appropriate action upon learning that a representative of the institution's athletics interests improperly communicated with prospective student-athletes on the institution's behalf. When interviewed during the investigation, the former head men's golf coach provided false information. The panel concludes that the unethical conduct violation was Level I and the recruiting violations were Level II. Collectively, the panel classifies the head coach's violations as Level I – Aggravated.

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