Law & Policy: Governing Bodies
- NCAA Basketball Commission Meets for First Time
by Jason Scott October 2017
The NCAA commission that formed in response to the recent FBI investigations and scandals surrounding college basketball met for the first time late last week via teleconference.
- Athlete Ally's Hudson Taylor Discusses Athletic Equality Index
by Paul Steinbach October 2017
AB first spoke to Hudson Taylor in 2012, a year after the former collegiate wrestler had launched a nonprofit advocacy group for LGBT student-athletes called Athlete Ally. In the five years since, the group has gone from no staff members to eight (five full-time). There are now 32 Athlete Ally chapters on campuses across the country, and more than 150 professional athletes have signed on as organization ambassadors. The group has helped influence LGBT policies and practices within the NCAA and the IOC, and branched out to advocate for more women in FIFA governance and for the wearing of hijabs to be allowed in FIBA women's basketball competition. On Sept. 12, Athlete Ally released its first Athletic Equality Index, a scoring of LGBT polices within the 65 NCAA Division I athletic departments comprising the Power Five conferences. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach caught up with Taylor to talk progress.
- New NY State Athletic Commission Prioritizes Athletes
by George Willis October 2017
Kim Sumbler isn't afraid to say it. She didn't hesitate when asked if she believes this is a new era in the sometimes turbulent history of the New York State Athletic Commission. "Yes, I do," said Sumbler, who was recently appointed as the commission's new executive director. "We put the athletes first. I'm not saying the commission hasn't done that in the past. But we're doing our best to review all of our policies and make sure our policies are doing what they're intended to do, which his to protect these athletes." Sumbler was appointed to the commission last year as the point person to develop staff, policies and procedures to regulate mixed-martial arts in New York after the sport was legalized by the state in the spring of 2016. It was a good hire.
- Georgia AD: Scandal Good for College Basketball
by Andy Berg October 2017
At least one Division I basketball program sees the recent corruption scandal as a good thing.
- State to Ensure UNM Athletics Replays $4.7M Debt
by Albuquerque Journal October 2017
Against a backdrop of the University of New Mexico failing to balance its Athletic Department budget for the past eight of 10 fiscal years and ongoing state investigations into financial mismanagement...
- Retired CIA Officer: NCAA Won't Slay Golden Goose
by Peter Hain October 2017
It's not like the current NCAA basketball scandal is a surprise. Any fan who is half way paying attention knows that big time college sports is a self-serving, cash-driven and hypocritical exploitation of "student-athletes."
- North Carolina Ruling May Have Far-Reaching Effects
by Brant Wilkerson October 2017
When the NCAA cleared UNC of wrongdoing on Friday morning, David Ridpath's reaction wasn't one entirely of disappointment that the school escaped without punishment.
- NCAA Clears North Carolina in Academic Fraud Case
by Paul Steinbach October 2017
An NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions hearing panel has ruled that the University of North Carolina did not violate the association's academic rules when it offered so-called "paper courses" to students, a disproportionate number of them being student-athletes.
The courses, in UNC's African and Afro-American Studies tracks, required only the writing of one paper to determine a student's grade in the course. Between 1993 and 2011, 3,100 students opted for such courses. More than half of those students were student-athletes, leading to allegations that they had been steered into courses that would help preserve their athletic eligibility.
In 2015, the university was served a notice of allegations, which the NCAA revised twice since, and university officials were allowed to make their case last December. The main charge — that the university provided benefits to student-athletes that were not available to the student body at large — was determined by the panel to be unfounded.
"While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called 'paper courses' offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes," said Greg Sankey, the panel's chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, in an NCAA release. "The panel is troubled by the university's shifting positions about whether academic fraud occurred on its campus and the credibility of the Cadwalader report, which it distanced itself from after initially supporting the findings. However, NCAA policy is clear. The NCAA defers to its member schools to determine whether academic fraud occurred and, ultimately, the panel is bound to making decisions within the rules set by the membership."
As reported by SI.com, a former U.S. Justice Department official looked into the African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department and found that independent study-style courses were misidentified as lecture courses and estimated more than 3,100 students were affected between 1993 and 2011, with athletes across several sports, including members of the football and men's basketball teams, accounted for half the enrollment.
While North Carolina faced five top-level charges, including a lack of institutional control, only one former employee faces any sanctions regarding the case. At least four people were fired — and one, the initial whistleblower, was demoted — as result of the scandal, according to SI.com.
- FBI Subpoenas OSU for ‘Mountain’ of Documents
by Andy Berg October 2017
The FBI is taking to the next level its investigation of NCAA basketball.
- Opinion: Fitness Center's Yard Sign Tack Stinks
by Roger Chesley October 2017
This time of year, you can’t avoid all the lawn signs that have sprouted along thoroughfares in Chesapeake, hawking everything from political office-seekers...