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2013 NCAA Convention: Social Media and Student-Athletes

The NCAA’s social media and student-athletes session did not touch on compliance per se, except for compliance with state laws, noting that four states have passed laws banning schools from many of the techniques used to monitor social media use by students like getting account credentials or using some third-party monitoring services. NCAA rules like […]

2013 NCAA Convention: It Takes A Village Notes

The session titled “It Takes a Village: Shared Responsibility for Athletics Compliance” touched on how to build relationships and get the larger campus community involved in athletics compliance. The panelists included faculty athletics representatives and administrators from all three NCAA divisions. One consistent theme was the building of relationships informally. Face-to-face meetings, regular interactions, and […]

Sports Wagering Session Notes

I sat in on a session discussing the NCAA’s 2012 sports wagering and social environments study. The NCAA has studies every year, generally returning to the same topic every four years. This is the third edition of the sports wagering study, after 2004 and 2008. This study included a new dimension by asking about an […]

Athletics Spending Study Raises More Questions Than Answers

A new study on athletics spending vs. per-student academic spending at public universities has made the rounds, and drawn attention because of numbers like this: According to the report, “Academic Spending Versus Athletic Spending: Who Wins?,” athletic departments in the Southeastern Conference—which have some of the swankest facilities and best-paid coaches—spent nearly $164,000 per athlete […]

Court Rejects McAdoo Appeal

A North Carolina appeals court rejected former UNC football player Michael McAdoo’s appeal of the dismissal of his lawsuit against the NCAA. Like most courts who have considered the question of the fairness of NCAA decisions before, this one struggled with finding an injury for which they could award McAdoo damages: Though McAdoo argued the […]

New Pennsylvania AG Will Not End NCAA Lawsuit

John Baer of the Philadelphia Daily News has a profile of incoming Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane. The profile touches on just more than the frosty relationship between Pennsylvania’s public institutions and the NCAA, but within is a bit of bad news for people hoping for a quick and unsuccessful end to the governor’s lawsuit […]

Miami Notice of Allegations “Imminent”

The Miami herald is reporting that the delivery of the NCAA’s formal Notice of Allegations against Miami is imminent, according to sources close to the case. This comes on the heels of an Associated Press report that the NCAA will discuss specific violations with individuals involved in the case on Monday. There is so much […]

NCAA Promotes New Enforcement Structure

The NCAA published a long article on Division I’s new enforcement structure and penalty matrix. The article touts the new structure’s stiffer penalties, more consistent guidelines, and maintained flexibility. But the devil is in the details, like this one: In the postseason ban category, for example, the length of the ban can go from one […]

Oregon Appealing On Behalf of New Zealand Recruit

Nic Purcell, a junior college recruit from New Zealand, did not seriously take up football until he moved to the United States for college. Now after two years, he is being heavily recruited by Division I programs, including Oregon. How heavily recruited? So much so that Oregon is filing for an NCAA waiver on his […]

UNC Releases Strategic Plan for Athletics

North Carolina released a strategic plan to guide its athletics department over the next four years. The plan is a little light on specifics, but here are the goals for the UNC athletics department: Alignment: “Align our operations to fulfill the mission of the university.” Academic Achievement: to be top-three in the conference and top-10 […]

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