Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
- Eight N.Y. Football Programs to Merge into Two Teams
by Courtney Cameron November 2017
High school football in the city of Yonkers, N.Y. is facing a monumental change after eight separate high schools voted this week, approving a merger into two comprehensive programs.
- Adidas Indictment: Pitino Participated in Bribery Scheme
by Paul Steinbach November 2017
A federal indictment released Wednesday against Adidas executive James Gatto suggests former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was aware of and participated in the type of bribery that has clouded college basketball in recent weeks.
According to a report at ESPN.com, the FBI recorded a July 27 meeting between a former AAU basketball coach, a Louisville assistant coach and others as they conspired to pay the family of Cardinals recruit Brian Bowen to ensure Bowen chose Louisville, a school under contract with Adidas.
"Dawkins explained that while [Pitino] and the University of Louisville were recruiting [Bowen], Dawkins asked [Pitino] to call James Gatto to request that [Adidas] provide the money requested by the family of [Bowen], which [Pitino] agreed to do," the indictment reads.
The original complaint against Gatto, released Sept. 26, stopped short of indicating Pitino agreed to the plan. It read: "Dawkins said he had spoken with Coach-2 [who has been reported to be Pitino] about getting additional money for [Bowen's] family and informed [Pitino] that 'I need you to call Jim Gatto, who's the head of everything' at [Adidas'] basketball program."
The FBI announced on Sept. 26 that 10 men — including assistant coaches Tony Evans of Oklahoma State, Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel "Book" Richardson of Arizona and Tony Bland of USC, along with Gatto — were charged with crimes relating to the investigation.
Louisville was not named in court documents, but interim president Greg Postel confirmed that the school was part of the FBI's investigation. Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave on Sept. 27 and fired on Oct. 17.
- Ongoing NCAA Investigation Bars BYU Player from Games
by Jeff Call November 2017
BYU junior guard Nick Emery is waiting to receive word from the NCAA before stepping foot on the court.
- Louisville's Bowen Cleared for Reinstatement
by Tim Sullivan November 2017
Brian Bowen, the five-star forward whose recruitment led to the firings of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, has taken a step toward reinstatement.
- USMMA Misconduct Investigation Moves to DOJ
by Scott Eidler and Candice Ferrette November 2017
The probe, which began in the federal Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General in February, also is ongoing in the U.S. attorney's office in the Eastern District...
- Refs Who Walked Amid HS Player Protests Seek Return
by Paul Steinbach November 2017
An emergency hearing was scheduled for today by the Central Jersey Chapter of the New Jersey Football Officials Association to review the conduct of Ernie Lunardelli, the high school football official who walked off the field along with his son after four Monroe High School players kneeled during the national anthem at a game Friday night. Lundardelli, who subsequently was removed from his three remaining officiating assignments this season, seeks reinstatement and is prepared to take legal action, if necessary.
“Anybody that disrespects the flag, in my eyes, it’s not right,” said the elder Lunardelli, in his 18th season as a prep football official, according to mycentraljersey.com. “What they are doing with this kneeling and everything, they have the right do to that, but the national anthem has nothing to do with them kneeling. The flag has got nothing to do with why they are protesting. If they want to protest, let them protest, but don’t disrespect our country, the flag and the armed forces.”
In a statement released late Monday afternoon by his attorney, Lunardelli added that "a discussion might be appropriate, and where we can better understand why young players kneel, and why they kneel at the time they do. Also, where they can maybe understand why we refused to officiate a football game, and why we did it at the time we chose. There are rights and wrongs on both sides and we would welcome that discussion if an appropriate forum can be arranged."
The person in charge of officiating assignments for the Greater Middlesex Conference said Lundardelli's removal from future assignments was based on uncertainty of how he might react if players were to kneel in protest at those games. Lundardelli says he feels actions didn't receive a proper investigation — a violation of his due process rights — and that he is being discriminated against based on his views regarding the player protests. He stated that "without a doubt" he planned to pursue a legal remedy, such as an injunction to have his assignments reinstated.
Today's hearing represents the first level of due process for officiating disputes, according to Steve Timko, executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, which will take up the matter if results of the NJFOA hearing are appealed.
- Jurich: ‘I Was Earning Every Penny’
by Andy Berg October 2017
Former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich claims he was deserving of the $2.76 million salary he was earning before he was fired last month.
- BYU, NCAA Investigating Player's Relationship with Booster
by Jeff Call October 2017
- Jurich Refutes Louisville's Claim it Fired 'With Cause'
by Courtney Cameron October 2017
In a letter to former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich dated Oct. 20, the university’s interim president Gregory Postel sought to explain and justify the decision by the board of trustees to fire Jurich two days after the termination of former basketball coach Rick Pitino.
- Boeheim: Rules "Applied Differently" to North Carolina
by News & Record October 2017
The NCAA rules regarding a coach's responsibility and failure to monitor, which cost the Syracuse basketball program in an NCAA investigation, weren't applied in North Carolina's case, Orange coach Jim Boeheim says.