November-December 2021

Academic Irregularities Investigated at Augusta University

By Jonathan Wynne The University of Augusta men’s basketball team began its 2021-22 campaign light in the coaching ranks, with head coach Dip Metress sidelined and assistant coach O’Neal Armstrong dismissed from the University following the school’s investigation of academic irregularities. The final suspension and discharge notices were handed down by the University in late…
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Gabe Feldman

Sports Law Leader Gabe Feldman Assesses Legal Environment in Collegiate Athletics

LEAD1 Association, the organization representing FBS athletic departments, recently released a summary of an interview that LEAD1 President and CEO Tom McMillen, former conducted with Gabe Feldman, Director of the Tulane University Sports Law Program. Both McMillen, also a former Congressman, and Feldman recently presented before the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, with McMillen offering…
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Mullins Has What It Takes to Run a Clean Compliance Program

Good photographers typically see a picture before anyone else sees it. It’s a skill that also benefits talented compliance professionals, who must recognize potential bylaw violations before the NCAA gets wind of them. Not surprisingly, Jacob Mullins is both – the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance for Elizabeth City State University and a long-time NASCAR…
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NCAA Labels Oklahoma State University’s Reaction to Committee’s Decision ‘Unacceptable’

The NCAA didn’t mince words in a statement it made in November after Oklahoma State University officials, upset that a decision to sanction the basketball program after an NCAA investigation uncovered violations was upheld, effectively outed the members of the NCAA appeals committee that made the decision. The NCAA suggested that “comments by Oklahoma State…
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‘Inexperienced, First-Time’ McDaniel College Field Hockey Head Coach Makes ‘Mistakes,’ Leading to Sanctions

The McDaniel College field hockey head coach committed NCAA violations when she had recruiting contacts with a potential transfer student-athlete without obtaining written permission from the transfer’s prior school, according to a decision released by the Division III Committee on Infractions. Due to her involvement in the violations, the head coach also failed to promote…
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Creighton Punished for ‘Alarming’ Conduct After Assistant Coach Accepted Money from Agent

The Division I Committee on Infractions has determined that a former Creighton University men’s basketball assistant coach has violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a $6,000 payment from a business management company that sought to influence student-athletes, and then provided false or misleading information about his actions during an investigation. Creighton Athletics Director…
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NCAA, George Mason Reach Settlement on Violations Involving Financial Aid Through Negotiated Resolution Process

George Mason committed multiple financial aid violations when it provided scholarships exceeding full cost of attendance, did not obtain required signatures when issuing scholarship renewal agreements, and improperly calculated scholarship equivalencies, according to an agreement between the school and the NCAA. In summary, “George Mason also failed to monitor the administration of its financial aid.”…
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NCAA: South Florida Failed to Monitor its Football, Women’s Basketball Programs

The University of South Florida football and women’s basketball programs exceeded the number of allowed countable coaches and the women’s basketball program required student-athletes to exceed weekly limits for countable athletically related activity, according to an agreement released this fall by the Division I Committee on Infractions. As a result of the violations, the former…
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Compliance Digest

Tennessee Announces It Will Not Impose a Bowl Ban in Order to Protect ‘Innocent Student Athletes’ The University of Tennessee is challenging the NCAA’s traditional approach when it uncovers past violations at a member school. Typically, the NCAA sanctions the current program, preventing it and, by extension, the current student athletes from benefiting from the…
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Texas A&M men’s basketball program committed NCAA violations

The Texas A&M men’s basketball program violated multiple NCAA rules, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The university, a men’s basketball assistant coach, the men’s basketball head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the program violated multiple NCAA recruiting rules. Specifically, the head coach had impermissible contact with…
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