Pat Forde reports that the Ole Miss investigation is growing.
The NCAA’s protracted investigation of Mississippi has taken a new twist within the last month – investigators have interviewed players at two or more rival Southeastern Conference schools about their recruitment by the Rebels, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.
NCAA Enforcement representatives have visited Auburn and Mississippi State, and perhaps at least one more SEC Western Division school, this summer to speak with players who were recruited by Ole Miss. The players were granted immunity from potential NCAA sanctions in exchange for truthful accounts of their recruitment, sources said.
Those interviews indicate that the NCAA investigation has expanded beyond the spring focus on former All-American offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Generally speaking, you don’t want to see the word “immunity” in a context like that.
Expanding investigations is what the NCAA likes to do. I’m starting to think this won’t end well for ol’ Hugh.
As your chest swells with pride over US accomplishments in Rio, just remember that it wouldn’t be possible without the NCAA enforcing its amateurism rules.
I know that some of you questioned the size of the settlement the Sheely family reportedly received from the state of Maryland in light of the amount being pursued in their lawsuit.
Perhaps you should have waited until you heard the other shoe drop.
The NCAA and other co-defendants will pay $1.2 million to a foundation created for a Division III football player who died from a head injury, according to settlement terms released Monday.
Derek Sheely was a Frostburg State football player who collapsed during a 2011 practice after sustaining a head injury and later died. Two years later, his family sued the NCAA, two Frostburg State coaches, an athletic trainer and the helmet manufacturer. The family claimed the school employees missed multiple chances to treat Sheely’s injury and the NCAA had responsibility by failing to implement concussion protocol rules or investigating his death.
The case was scheduled for a five-week trial in June before a settlement was reached.
That’s a lot of money to keep Mark Emmert away from answering questions in a deposition. But if you’re the NCAA’s attorneys, it was probably worth it.
Donald Remy thinks it’s all good.
“While the settlement acknowledges no admission of liability by the NCAA, the NCAA believes this settlement will help the foundation advance research and education in the prevention of traumatic brain injury,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “As a leader in promoting enhanced safety in college sports, the NCAA is firmly committed to fostering greater understanding of student-athlete well-being.”
Whatever helps you sleep at night, bro.
And Donald Remy warns Kessler he’s got a tough road ahead of him “in light of being bound by the O’Bannon decision.”
Sure is weird reading that.
This is why I love the law: the NCAA lost the O’Bannon case in front of U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken and has appealed her decision to the Supreme Court, but meanwhile is invoking O’Bannon as a shield against Jeffrey Kessler in his antitrust suit… and finding that Judge Wilken is sympathetic to its defense.
What a country, eh?
I love the juxtaposition of these two paragraphs:
When asked if he feels guilty about his salary given the financial restraints the NCAA places on players, Bowlsby replied, “I think I’m overpaid and I think there are others in college athletics that are overpaid. But that’s what the market dictates so I’m not going to attempt to turn the market in the other direction.”
… The Big 12 spent $1.4 million on legal services with Polsinelli Shugart in Kansas City, up from about $400,000 a year earlier. Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda said the increase was due to legal defense for NCAA lawsuits in which the Big 12 is a defendant. There have been multiple lawsuits in which current and former players have sought compensation beyond the value of a scholarship.
You know what they say — you gotta spend money to make money.