NCAA facing more legal wrinkles

NCAA facing more legal wrinkles
January 23, 2013, 5:45 pm
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The NCAA said Wednesday that an outside attorney will review enforcement policies and procedures that were used in the case against the University of Miami. It was another blow for an organization already facing its share of headaches, including these legal fights:

- A class-action federal lawsuit by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and other players who say the NCAA and its marketing company run an illegal monopoly by licensing their images to third parties, including video game manufacturers.

- A case filed by former Southern Cal assistant football coach Todd McNair, who said the NCAA was ``malicious'' in its investigation into his role in the benefits scandal surrounding former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frederick Shaller said he was convinced the actions of NCAA investigators were ``over the top.''

- Former Buffalo coach Tim Cohane filed suit more than a decade ago, saying the NCAA and the school colluded to use a recruitment scandal to defame him and destroy his ability to coach basketball. He was forced to resign in 1999 and is awaiting trial.

- Former college football players Derek Owens, Adrian Arrington and Mark Turner and former college soccer player Angela Palacios filed a federal lawsuit suggesting the NCAA has been negligent when it comes to protecting college athletes from head injuries.

- Bleid Sports LLC filed a federal lawsuit, contending the NCAA is committing fraud and antitrust violations by adopting a rule that prevents universities from hosting practices or tournaments in which prospective recruits compete. Bleid Sports is an organizer for national high school basketball tournaments.

- Former college quarterback John Rock is challenging the NCAA's scholarship restrictions after his scholarship was not renewed by Gardner-Webb following the 2010-11 year. The federal suit is seeking unspecified damages for athletes who lost scholarships before the NCAA lifted its prohibition on multiyear scholarships in October 2011.

- The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, represented by Gov. Thomas W. Corbett, claims the NCAA overstepped its authority and ``piled on'' when it penalized Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The sanctions include $60 million in fines.

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Monika Mathur of the AP News Research Center contributed to this report.