State Laws Hinder Future College Basketball Scheduling

As the political realm has become much more involved in the goings-on of the NCAA, here is another story that indicates how state legislatures are influencing college athletics. Per a story on NBC Sports, a potential home-and-home series between the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Kansas men’s basketball teams has been scuttled due…

State Legislature Proposes Bill to Protect Student-Athletes

For those closely following state legislatures for matters related to NCAA rules and/or student-athlete welfare, another state bill has been proposed that would seek to impose additional protections for student-athletes within the state. Specifically, a bill was recently sponsored in the state of Connecticut to establish an athletic protection commission to monitor and enforce student-athlete…

NCAA and other conference settle Alston case

The NCAA and eleven DI conferences recently reached a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in the Alston v. NCAA case that had been in front of Judge Wilken in the Northern District of California federal court; this case is one of two that were consolidated (Alston and Jenkins) and placed in front of Judge Wilken. The terms of the…

State Legislature Attempts to Impose NCAA Enforcement Deadline

An interesting bit of news out of Mississippi. It appears that a stat legislator in the state recently introduced a bill that is aimed at imposing a deadline for the NCAA Enforcement staff to complete its investigations against schools in that state. Specifically, this piece of legislation stems from the ongoing investigation into the University…

What to Expect from the 2017 NCAA Convention

Per usual, Jake New from Inside Higher Ed penned a very detailed summary of what to expect at this year’s NCAA Convention. He focuses on the potential time demands legislation that is going to be voted on by the autonomy conferences, with a good summary of how the autonomy conferences arrived at this point. It…

Primer on How Autonomy Legislation Applies to Other DI Conferences

As the NCAA Convention and autonomy business session are rapidly approaching, here is a brief summary of how business session functions and what impact adopted proposals carry for non-autonomy DI conferences. Autonomy Voting: Each autonomy institution receives one independent vote. There are also three student-athlete representatives from each conference who have independent votes.  65 institutions…

Meals and Lodging to PSA Siblings on Official Visits

Although the conference office has consistently applied the new official visit legislation that offers more flexibility to provide meals and lodging to a prospect’s family members, the NCAA has received enough inquiries to warrant publishing a confirmation of an interpretation that the conference has supported. Specifically, in cases where a prospect taking an official visit…

American Council on Education Calls on Institutions to Enhance Academic Integrity in Athletics

Due to the many recent high-profile cases of academic fraud/misconduct involving athletic departments, the American Council on Education recently issued a report appealing for institutions to recalibrate their athletic departments focus on the overall academic mission. While the NCAA has undertaken several efforts to focus on academic misconduct in the past couple of years, there…