Daily Compliance Item- 9/19/14- Current Event

U.S. senators demand answers from Power Five schools
Three U.S. senators continued their pressure on major-college athletics programs Thursday when they announced they have written a letter to the CEOs of each of the schools in the five power conferences, demanding responses to questions in 10 areas of athlete welfare.
The five-page letter, from Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), comes a little more than two months after the Senate Commerce Committee — which Rockefeller chairs — held a hearing in Washington at which NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared and absorbed criticism from a variety of committee members, including McCaskill and Booker.
The senators say in the letter they “have grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of meaningful progress by the NCAA and its member institutions” in addressing what they termed “weak protections currently given to student-athletes … under the auspices of the NCAA and its amateurism model” regarding health care, academics and financial coverage of athletes’ full cost of attending college.
Citing Emmert’s testimony concerning pending changes in the NCAA’s Division I governance structure that would give the power conference schools greater autonomy in rules making, the senators added, “We intend to monitor your progress to see whether the very schools and conferences that are often blamed for much of the problems plaguing intercollegiate athletics today effectively utilize the new flexibility you have been granted to implement meaningful reforms to better protect student-athletes.”
The senators asked each of the school CEO’s to provide responses to a lengthy and detailed list of questions by Oct. 17.
The questions cover areas, including:
•Awarding of multiyear athletic scholarships, which is allowed under NCAA rules but not widely done, according to survey published earlier this week by CBSSports.com.
•Provision of health care coverage to athletes.
•Adoption and enforcement of concussion protocols.
•Time limitations on athletes’ sports-related activities.
•Monitoring of athletes’ academic progress.
•Campus policies related to interpersonal violence, including but not limited to sexual assault and domestic violence, and schools’ support of policies prohibiting the involvement of athletics departments in the handling of allegations of such violence.
•The school’s position on allowing athletes to seek compensation “similar to how Olympic athletes are compensated.
“Some of the questions will require fairly detailed responses from the schools. For instance, regarding multiyear scholarships the senators want the schools to “explain any and all applicable qualifiers, conditions and limitations to such scholarships.” And regarding athletes’ health-care coverage, the senators want “details on the scope of the coverage, such as cost-sharing and the length of time such coverage will be provided.”
The senators also want each school to explain how it calculates the full cost of attendance — a figure that can be based on a wide array of variables.
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Daily Compliance Item- 9/12/14- Current Event

Country’s top guard Malik Newman says college coaches fall short in the texting department
It’s not that Malik Newman is saying it’s a pro or a con; it’s merely a “funny” observation based off of his experiences with the college basketball coaches that are recruiting him.
“Some coaches’ texting skills just aren’t up to par,” said Newman, a senior at Callaway (Callaway, Miss.) who is the top ranked guard in the ESPN 100. “Some of them kinda fall short in that area.”
It’s relative; a bunch of middle-aged coaches falling short of teenage standards when it comes to hammering away on a 5-inch screen 24/7; sounds about right.
Newman’s specific grievance?
Slow response time.
“Ya know I’m young so I’m expecting it to be like boom-boom; back-to-back,” Newman said with a laugh. “But they wait about 10 or 15 minutes between their responses and I’m like ‘Man come oooon!”
Still, not every coach courting Newman is slow on the draw.
The fastest responder?
Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard.
“He’s on point now,” Newman said. “Sometimes he’s faster than me.”
The slowest texter?
Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie.
“Coach is my man, but it takes him a while to respond,” Newman said with a laugh.
Perhaps he’s adjusting to the weight of the blingage in his brand new national championship ring?
“That’s what I’m saying; that could be it!” Newman joked. “I’ve got three state title rings so I know how that can be. You eventually adjust to all that ice.”
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Daily Compliance Item- 5/31/13- Current Event

Today will be the last day for the “daily” compliance items.  I will continue to send out “hot topic emails” throughout the summer and will resume regular delivery in August.  I hope you all get some much needed time away from the office during the next couple of months!


Believe it or not, washing a car with university water can be an NCAA violation


At a time when college athletics is overrun with rogue agents, unscrupulous coaches and handlers who exploit athletes for money, it’s reassuring to know not every unrepentant rule-breaker goes unpunished.

Hearty congratulations to the NCAA for penalizing a student-athlete from a West Coast Conference school for the unspeakable crime of washing her car with the university’s water and hose.

Portland basketball coach Eric Reveno tweeted about the violation Wednesday after he learned of it during conference meetings, punctuating his message with the hashtag #stopinsanity. A spokesman for the WCC did not know any further details, but a source familiar with the circumstances revealed what happened.

A WCC school self-reported an extra benefits violation when university officials caught one of their women’s golfers washing her car on campus, according to the source. A secondary violation was ruled to have occurred because the water and hose were not available to regular students and requested the golfer pay back $20, which was deemed to be the value of the water and use of the hose.

NCAA spokeswoman Dana Thomas emailed Thursday that her organization did not participate in the decision and does not consider the car wash to have been an extra benefits violation. Asked why the golfer was penalized, Thomas said “it seems there was a miscommunication at some level” and the WCC is working with the school to clarify.

A WCC spokesman did not immediately return an email seeking further explanation of what happened.

That school administrators actually reported the violation and a penalty was initially assessed is equal parts hilarious and exasperating. What’s next? Charging athletes by the sip at drinking fountains? Or by the gallon after locker room showers?

Too many petty rules like this one or the one governing the use of bagel spreads continue to choke the system and prevent administrators at the school, conference and NCAA levels from focusing on what’s important. Reform is needed throughout college athletics, yet its leaders are too busy calculating the value of a couple buckets of soapy water to attack the real issues.

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Daily Compliance Item- 5/24/13- Currrent Event

Appeals court revives case against video game maker



A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday overturned a district court ruling that had dismissed a former Rutgers football player’s lawsuit against video game manufacturer Electronic Arts for illegally using his likeness and biographical information in its college football games.

By a 2-1 vote, judges in the 3rd Circuit returned the case to U.S. District Court in New Jersey for further proceedings consistent with its opinion.

Michael Rubin, a lawyer who argued for the plaintiff before the Circuit Court panel, said Wednesday that when the case resumes at the district court level, his side will file a motion seeking to have the case certified as a class action.

EA spokesman John Reseburg said the company intends to “seek further court review.” Asked Wednesday whether that would mean asking for a review of the case by all judges of the 3rd Circuit or trying to take the case to the Supreme Court, Reseburg said: “It’s too soon to tell.”

Tuesday’s opinion, written by Circuit Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., (and a dissent by Judge Thomas L. Ambro) includes observations about some of the same issues being contested in two other federal cases. There is a wider-ranging anti-trust lawsuit before a federal district court in California against EA, the NCAA and Collegiate Licensing Co., the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm, and a case parallel to that one currently under consideration by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The anti-trust suit, whose named plaintiffs include former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, concerns the use of college football and men’s basketball players’ names and likenesses and is heading toward a hearing June 20 on whether it will certified as a class action. If the O’Bannon case is certified as a class action, it likely would bring thousands of current and former college athletes into the case and potentially place billions of dollars in damages at stake.

Meanwhile, three judges from the 9th Circuit are still considering an appeal from EA in a case related to the O’Bannon proceeding that involves former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller and EA’s use of his likeness in video games.The three judges heard arguments on that matter in July 2012. In a footnote to his Tuesday ruling, Judge Greenaway wrote that the Keller case “is simply our own case incarnated in California.”

A transcript of the oral arguments before Greenaway and the 3rd Circuit panel were entered into the record of the Keller case last October.

Also potentially noteworthy about Tuesday’s ruling: it came after the case had been argued before a panel of judges that included one temporarily assigned to the 3rd Circuit, which has jurisdiction over New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, from the 9th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over several western states including California. (This judge, A. Wallace Tashima, was not among the judges handling the appeal in the Keller case.)

A ruling in EA’s favor in the Keller case could set the stage for a Supreme Court review because two federal circuit courts would be in opposition on the same legal issue.

The New Jersey case involves Ryan Hart, a Rutgers quarterback for the 2002 through the 2005 seasons. He filed a presumptive class-action suit in November 2009. U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson dismissed the case in September 2011, saying that EA’s use of Hart’s likeness was protected by the First Amendment, which offers a shield to video games as expressive speech.

However, Greenaway wrote: “As with other types of expressive conduct, the protection afforded to games can be limited in situations where the right of free expression necessarily conflicts with other protected rights. The instant case presents one such situation.”

He noted that EA college football video game’s “success owes to its focus on realism and detail” and that “in NCAA Football 2006, Rutgers’ quarterback, player number 13, is 6’2″ tall, weighs 197 pounds and resembles Hart.”

Greenaway, in another part of the opinion, writes: “… the digital avatar does closely resemble the genuine article. Not only does the digital avatar match Appellant in terms of hair color, hair style and skin tone, but the avatar’s accessories mimic those worn by (Hart) during his time as a Rutgers player. The information, as has already been noted, also accurately tracks (Hart’s) vital and biographical details. . . .

“The digital Ryan Hart does what the actual Ryan Hart did while at Rutgers: he plays college football, in digital recreations of college football stadiums, filled with all the trappings of a college football game.”

On a more general basis, Greenaway wrote that EA “seeks to create a realistic depiction of college football for the users. Part of this realism involves generating realistic representations of the various college teams — which includes the realistic representations of the players.”

How this could affect the O’Bannon case remains to be seen.

For example, a filing made public on Monday includes portions of a deposition from one of the other named plaintiffs in the case, former Connecticut basketball player Tate George, in which George said that the avatars in several versions of a video game that are supposed to represent him do not resemble him. George also said the face of his avatar also appears on other players representing other teams.


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Daily Compliance Item- 5/10/13- Current Event

Big Ten, Horizon League commissioners will be deposed


An attorney helping to represent former and current college football and men’s basketball players in an anti-trust lawsuit told USA TODAY Sports a U.S. magistrate judge is allowing their legal team to take depositions from a college president and two conference commissioners who had made statements in the case saying that some schools and conferences might exit Division I or the Football Bowl Subdivision because of the financial and legal burden that would result from needing to share revenue with football and men’s basketball players. 

Speaking after a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins on Wednesday in San Francisco, plaintiffs’ attorney Renae Steiner said Cousins allowed depositions of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone and Fresno State president John Welty.

Cousins also allowed the plaintiffs to take a deposition from NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances Mark Lewis about various aspects of how the college sports governing body approaches its broadcast rights contracts for NCAA championships, Steiner said.

Steiner said the plaintiffs will not be allowed to depose Texas athletics director DeLoss Dodds, Missouri Valley Conference commissioner Doug Elgin, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and NCAA managing director of research Todd Petr. The plaintiffs’ lawyers agreed before Wednesday’s hearing to drop their request to depose Pacific-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott, after discussions with counsel for the Pac-12, Steiner said.

All of this is part of maneuvering in advance of a hearing June 20 before U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on whether the case should be certified as a class action.

The suit, initially filed in May 2009, is against the NCAA; video-game maker Electronic Arts and the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm, Collegiate Licensing Co. Its named plaintiffs include former basketball stars Ed O’Bannon, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendants violated anti-trust law by conspiring to fix at zero the amount of compensation athletes can receive for the use of their names, images and likenesses in products or media while they are in school and by requiring athletes to sign forms under which they relinquish in perpetuity all rights pertaining to the use of the names, images and likenesses in ways including TV contracts, rebroadcasts of games, and video game, jersey and other apparel sales

In seeking certification of their suit as a class action, the plaintiffs’ lawyers said that while they are seeking monetary damages on behalf of former athletes, they “do not seek compensation to be paid to current student-athletes while they maintain their eligibility” but rather “a less restrictive, namely that monies generated by the licensing and sale of class members’ names, images and likenesses can be temporarily held in trust” until their end of their college playing careers.

If the case is certified as a class action, It almost certainly would bring thousands of current and former college athletes into the matter and potentially place billions of dollars in damages at stake.

Roger Noll, an economics professor emeritus at Stanford and an expert for the plaintiffs has proposed that athletes receive a 50-50 split of money for telecasts and a one-third split for video games.

Those projections prompted the statements from Delany, LeCrone and Welty.

“We are pleased that, despite the opposition of NCAA’s counsel, and counsel for the Big Ten, the court recognized our right to explore with Commissioner Delany, Commissioner LeCrone and Fresno State President Welty their views on the effects on Division I athletics if Plaintiffs were to prevail here,” Steiner said via e-mail. “We are also pleased that we are allowed to examine Mr. Lewis on his views of how the NCAA rules apply to the use of student athletes’ name, image and likeness rights.”

The NCAA was happy with Cousins’ decision to prevent some of the depositions the plaintiffs had wanted, and to allow what it termed “very limited additional discovery.”

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling and the admissions the plaintiffs’ lawyers made today highlighting the weaknesses in their theories,” the NCAA’s chief legal officer, Donald Remy said in a statement. “We look forward to the additional discovery shining a light on the reasons why this case is not a proper class action.”


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Daily Compliance Item- 5/3/13- Current Event

NCAA finds no violations in Duke, Lance Thomas case


The NCAA will not punish Duke or former player Lance Thomas after investigating a very expensive jewelry purchase made during the 2009-10 national championship season, the school said Tuesday.

“The NCAA has found no evidence of a rules violation in this situation based on the information available, and both the NCAA and Duke consider the matter closed,” Duke officials said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. The news was first reported by The News & Observer.

Thomas’s jewelry purchase, which totaled nearly $100,000 in cost, occurred in December 2009. He paid $30,000 in cash for five pieces of diamond jewelry, but was sued for not paying the balance of $67,800, according to details that emerged when the lawsuit came to light last September. Thomas and the jewelry company reached a settlement that included a confidentiality agreement, leaving questions surrounding Thomas’s access to such a large sum of money unanswered.

Because Duke won a national championship at the end of that season — which would potentially be vacated if Thomas violated the NCAA’s amateurism guidelines — the school self-reported the situation to the NCAA.

Both the jeweler and Thomas refused to speak with the NCAA during the investigation, and neither was forced to do so by the power of subpoena. It’s clear from the short statement released by Duke on Tuesday that the NCAA not finding a violation in this case is directly related to the lack of information given by Thomas and the jeweler. Thomas told reporters in October that he “didn’t think” he committed a violation.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in October that Duke planned on fully cooperating with the NCAA in its investigation. This was the only time all season Krzyzewski addressed the topic.

“Before anything was made public, they started working together to go through a process of seeing what happened,” Krzyzewski said in October. “I have complete trust and confidence in all the parties involved and am very proud of our compliance record over the 33 years that we’ve been here.”


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Daily Compliance Item- 4/26/13- Current Event

DI Legislative Council sets date and time for initial men’s basketball practice


The Division I Legislative Council adopted legislation that puts the start date for men’s basketball practice at 42 days before a school’s first regular-season game. The measure also limits teams to 30 days of practice in that 42-day period.


The Council adopted a separate proposal that eliminated the requirement that the first men’s basketball practice begin no earlier than 5 p.m. on the first allowable day, preferring to allow schools to exercise their own best judgment when considering appropriate start times for basketball practice. Both proposals will go into effect for the 2013 season.


The proposals had been tabled since April 2012, when the Legislative Council tabled the bulk of the proposals in that year’s cycle to allow the Rules Working Group to fulfill its charge of making the Division I rulebook more meaningful, enforceable and supportive of student-athlete success.


The Rules Working Group and thought leaders from the membership and the National Association of Men’s Basketball Coaches recommended adoption of the proposal. It creates a flexible preseason practice schedule that allows practice days and off days instead of the current schedule that leads to practice occurring every possible day. The more flexible approach provides coaches with the ability to determine how to use practice opportunities.


The original proposal allowed practice to start 40 days before the first game, but the Council members adjusted the rule to accommodate for celebratory events often planned around the first men’s basketball practice. Because a significant number of teams start playing games on the first day the rules allow it (the second Friday in November), the first day for practice would fall on a Sunday, which is not conducive to celebratory events on campus. Expanding the time period to 42 days allows the first practice to be held on a Friday. The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association expressed preference to maintain its current 40-day period as an expansion posed potential conflicts with a weekend when recruiting can occur.


In other business, the Council recommended the Board suspend Prop. No. RWG 13-3, which eliminated the rule banning certain modes of communication (including text messaging) and eliminated numerical limits on phone calls. More than 75 schools requested an override of the rule, requiring the Board to reconsider its earlier action. The Council believes the proposal should be suspended and considered as a group with three other recruiting-related proposals that were either suspended by the Board or referred for further discussion before adoption.

The other proposals would:

  • Set a uniform, earlier start date for recruiting communication and contact (Proposal No.RWG 13-2)
  • Lift restrictions on printed recruiting materials ( Proposal No.RWG 13-5-A)
  • Deregulate who can perform recruiting tasks. (Proposal No.RWG 11-2)

The Board will consider the recommendation at its May 2 meeting in Indianapolis. Proposals adopted by the Council are considered final at the close of the Board meeting.

Daily Compliance Item- 4/19/13- Current Event

A little positive note on an otherwise volatile news day…

UMass football’s gesture to those impacted by Marathon blasts


UMass is offering runners who participated in but were unable to finish Monday’s Boston Marathon the chance to “cross the finish line” during Saturday’s spring game as a way to honor those who were impacted by the blasts that occurred roughly 90 miles from the university’s campus.

Marathon runners will be able to run a lap around the football field at McGuirk Alumni Stadium and cross a “finish line” set up at the 50-yard line. Each runner’s name will be shown on the school’s video board as they take their lap around the field. The football program will also present each runner a gift on behalf of the university.

“Competing in the Boston Marathon is a lifetime achievement and something to be celebrated,” UMass coach Charley Molnar, an avid runner, said in a university release. “These runners deserve to finish what they started and we hope we can provide that for them. We want them to have that feeling of coming down the home stretch to the sound of applause and to have their friends and families greet them as they cross the line.”

In addition, the Minutemen will wear commemorative Boston Marathon stickers on the back of their helmets to recognize “those lost and injured in the bombing, the first responders at the scene and the marathon runners.”

The university issued a statement Monday regarding the bombings: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were at the Boston Marathon and those who worked to help people in need in the aftermath of this terrible event.”

Daily Compliance Item- 4/12/13- Current Event

Iowa State football, basketball guilty of major NCAA violations



  • Report shows that school’s athletic coaches made 1,484 impermissible phone calls to recruits
  • Rules violations involve more than 33 coaches and every athletic program, dating back to spring of 2011
  • NCAA has identified 79 violations for which it will discipline Iowa State

Iowa State University athletic coaches made 1,484 impermissible phone calls to recruits and has agreed that it has committed “major violations” of NCAA rules, according to documents made public Wednesday.

The rules violations involve more than 33 coaches and every athletic program at the university and date back to the spring of 2011, according to the a finding of facts that both Iowa State and the NCAA agree upon.

The school has recommended that the NCAA place it on probation for two years, among other penalties.

“We’ve been committed to being as transparent as possible throughout this entire process, which has been challenging given it has been an ongoing investigation and we did not receive the final report until this week,” Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. Iowa State first issued a press release about NCAA violations last week.

It appears the NCAA has identified 79 violations for which it will discipline the school. The report made public Wednesday states that “numerous violations occurred and the monitoring processes in place at the time failed to detect this ongoing, deficient practice.”

The report describes a “systemic failure” and states that “the institution’s coaches generally reported a lack of knowledge of the need to log all calls, even calls where no contact occurred or voicemail messages were left.”

Six current and former coaches — all in men’s basketball or football — were highlighted in the report for breaking rules.

Five coaches are currently on staffs at Iowa State or other schools. They could face penalties but are contesting that their violations were secondary in nature, not major. Those five: Iowa State assistant football coaches Shane Burnham and Bill Bleil; former football assistants Luke Wells and Bob Elliott; and former assistant basketball coach Daniyal Robinson.

Elliott is an assistant football coach at Notre Dame, Wells is an assistant at Utah State and Robinson is an assistant basketball coach at Houston.

Iowa State officials and coaches did not comment or could not be reached Wednesday evening. “We are continuing to refrain from public comment about the case in order to protect the integrity of the case,” said Tim Day, the university’s faculty athletics representative. “Public statements about our case can be perceived as attempts to affect the process.”

Notre Dame, however, issued the following statement regarding Elliott:

“Coach Bob Elliott has worked with the NCAA to provide details and ensure a full and accurate understanding of his role and the context of his involvement with the matter at Iowa State. Based on the nature of those violations, most of them inadvertent, we are confident that Coach Elliott shares Notre Dame’s unwavering commitment to NCAA rules. We believe that the sanctions already imposed by Iowa State and the steps taken by Notre Dame are appropriate and sufficient.”

Former student assistant basketball coach Keith Moore was the sixth coach involved. He was relieved of his job shortly after his involvement was discovered by men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg, the documents released Wednesday stated.

Moore could not immediately be reached for comment.

The investigation started in the spring of 2011 when Hoiberg discovered Moore had improperly contacted prospective recruits. The report said Hoiberg was at one of his son’s AAU basketball games when he ran into Moore. Based on NCAA rules, Hoiberg could legally be at the event because his son was a player, but Moore could not.

The report said Moore was later found to have sent 160 impermissible text messages and placed 12 impermissible telephone calls between August 2010 and August 2011.

The internal investigation cost the university nearly $30,000, according to invoices to Iowa State.

The Compliance Group, a Lenexa, Kan.,-based company charged the school a total of $29,744.30.

The university has made payments to the company between Feb. 28, 2011 and June 30, 2012. The statement shows investigator Chuck Smrt billed Iowa State for services on 12 dates in September 2011 and made at least three phone calls to the NCAA that month — months before the school informed the State Board of Regents that it had NCAA violations.

State Board of Regents President Craig Lang told the Des Moines Register last week that the Regents were informed of the school’s NCAA problems in January 2012.

Why NCAA calls violations ‘major’

The analysis by the NCAA enforcement staff contends that the “coaches named and at-risk should be found responsible for major violations because the violations were not isolated or inadvertent, and, based on the large number of impermissible calls, provided more than a minimal recruiting advantage.”

The NCAA’s report went on to say that:

“The total impermissible calls placed by the coaches was quite significant and the enforcement staff has consistently processed allegations as major that involve such a large number of calls.

“Even if the staff only took into account the culpable calls in determining whether to process the violations as major or secondary, the enforcement staff has processed allegations as major where individuals had placed fewer impermissible calls than those … placed by coaches involved in this case.

” … Based on the large number of culpable calls for each coach, the enforcement staff believes that the calls were not inadvertent.”

The report continued: “The (NCAA enforcement) staff believes that as with most telephone call violations, the fact that the coaches were calling more often than other coaches resulted in more than a minimal recruiting advantage.”

Iowa State: Violations are not all ‘major’

While Iowa State and the NCAA agreed that “the case as a whole constitutes a major infractions case,” the school has contended that “some findings standing alone should be found to be secondary violations.”

In its initial report to the NCAA on Nov. 23, 2011, Iowa State argued that the violations should be deemed secondary because it thought the university “received a limited, if any, competitive and recruiting advantage” as a result of the impermissible calls and texts.

Iowa State also argued:

— Nearly 82% of the impermissible calls were 3 minutes or less, which resulted in no contact between the coaching staff members and the prospect.

— Coaching staff members did not deliberately violate rules.

— Student-athletes interviewed during the investigation indicated their choice of institution was not affected by additional telephone calls.

The university’s internal investigation notes that some violations were made by former football coach Gene Chizik, former basketball coach Greg McDermott and former wrestling coach Cael Sanderson — as well as dozens of current coaches, including head football coach Paul Rhoads, women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly and Hoiberg.

None of those coaches face NCAA sanctions, according to the report.

Iowa State said Rhoads, whose first year was in 2009, made 92 impermissible calls (11 were deemed “true” violations by the school); Fennelly was found to have made 23 impermissible calls (two were considered “true” violations) and Hoiberg made 10 improper calls (three were called “true” violations).

Iowa State has taken several corrective actions, along with recommending the athletic department be placed on probation. Others include recruiting restrictions on every sport and investing $82,000 over three years in compliance and recruiting software.

The NCAA has yet to determine Iowa State’s final punishment, and no hearing date has been made public.

At Baylor last year, an internal investigation uncovered more than 1,200 phone calls and text messages in violation of NCAA policy over a 29-month span. The university and NCAA enforcement staff worked on a summary disposition in that case, which began in 2008.

Baylor self-imposed penalties in that case, which the NCAA accepted, including three years of probation, recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions.


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Daily Compliance Item- 4/5/13- Current Event

With so much negativity in college athletics right now, I

decided we needed an uplifting article today.  It has been

great to see this country come together to support this young

man.  So happy that Kevin’s surgery went well and that he will

be able to join his team in Atlanta for the Final Four!!

Kevin Ware on Louisville teammate that ‘touched my heart’



When Louisville forward Luke Hancock saw Kevin Ware lying near the sideline with a shattered right leg, he initially recoiled like his teammates. Some Cardinals were vomiting, others were crying and inconsolable.

But then Hancock thought back to last summer, when he suffered a gruesome shoulder injury in a pickup game. He remembered how others were aghast. He remembered how former Louisville guard Andre McGee was the only one to rush to his side, to rush him to the hospital. He remembered how much that had meant.

So as Ware lay there in the first half of the Cardinals’ NCAA tournament victory over Duke on Sunday, scared and alone and stunned, Hancock ran to him. He held Ware’s hand and told him they would get through this together. He told Ware he would say a prayer for him.

Ware didn’t respond at first, because he was in shock. Hancock took a deep breath, closed his eyes, clenched Ware’s hand and started the prayer.

“Lord, watch over us and let Kevin be OK during this tough time,” he began. “The Lord does everything for a reason, and He will get us through this.”

Hancock said he did all he could to keep from breaking down, to keep tears from falling onto his fallen teammate. He found out later that Ware also was trying not to cry, trying to stay strong for him.

Hancock gently patted Ware’s chest several times, the two of them together in front of 34,657 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium and millions of horrified TV viewers.

“I wouldn’t want to be alone in that situation, and I don’t think he wanted to be alone,” Hancock said, sitting in a small office at the team’s training facility Wednesday as Ware held a news conference upstairs. “I just thought if I could talk to him and tell him he’ll be all right, it might help.”

Luke Hancock on Kevin Ware: “I just thought he needed someone by his side.”

It helped more than Hancock realized, more than he could imagine. Ware said that before Hancock arrived, he was scared. After Hancock touched him and calmed him, he knew he would be fine.

Before long the other Cardinals were there and Ware was enveloped in a sea of support. His teammates clenched his forearms and held him tight. But that first moment was the most important moment.

“Seeing Luke there,” Ware said, “really just touched my heart.”

He said Hancock’s presence allowed him to refocus and regain his strength. It allowed him to start thinking about the team — or, as he told me, “to go into Kevin mode.”

He began telling his teammates to win the game, to win it for him. He said it over and over, until he was taken away on a stretcher before heading to a hospital for surgery.

You never know how you’ll react to danger or disaster or trauma. You like to think you’ll be strong and courageous, but sometimes it’s just not that easy.

You can’t fault the other players for their initial reaction to such a macabre moment. But you can praise Hancock, and you should.

“I think it just galvanized everybody,” Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said. “It was the very first thing I noticed. To see Luke right there was just incredible.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Hancock arrived at the team training facility wanting to know when Ware would return home. Told that he already was in the locker room, Hancock rushed in.

“You could see on my face and on his face that we were just so happy to see each other,” Hancock said. “He gave me a hug and said he was so thankful I was there for him. I told him I knew he’d do the same for me. That’s my friend.”