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With FSU Infractions Decision, NCAA Attempts the Illusion of Control

Jan 12, 2024

Between a Supreme Court decision and a shift in the court of public opinion, the once-mighty NCAA has begun to lose control over college sports—and its ability to enforce its own rules. But that hasn’t stopped the governing body from plodding forward with infractions cases related to NIL, even as it continuously writes and rewrites NIL rules in order to create the illusion of power over its membership.

On Thursday, the NCAA’s infractions committee handed down punishments to Florida State in the first-ever case in which the governing body could prove NIL was used as a recruiting inducement.

It found that an assistant coach on the FSU football team arranged a meeting with a prospective transfer and a booster, who offered the athlete a deal with an FSU collective for about $15,000 per month if the athlete transferred to the Seminoles. The coach allegedly lied to the NCAA about his involvement in the meeting. (The coach was offensive coordinator Alex Atkins, and the collective was Rising Spears, according to reports.)

Source: Front Office Sports

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