Areas of Practice

NCAA Compliance & Investigations


Intercollegiate athletics today is a minefield of complex rules, laws, and administrative processes. Navigating these waters requires detailed knowledge and practical advice to ensure compliance in an arena that often has intense public scrutiny. Doing so in the world of higher education, also requires resources be implemented in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with the educational mission of the institution.

The Starnes Davis Florie Collegiate Sports Practice Group provides proactive advice to its clients in a continuing effort to keep them abreast of and in compliance with the ever changing rules and regulations. We provide an independent, long-term view focused on preserving the integrity of the institution and absolute compliance with NCAA rules.

Whenever allegations of potential rules violations are raised, we work with due speed and absolute confidentiality to investigate and prepare a comprehensive report of the facts and recommended response. As outside counsel, the firm provides both the institution and the NCAA with an investigation that is unquestionably independent and absolutely thorough. We have handled numerous high-profile investigations for multiple institutions and have experience dealing with such issues as: agents and amateurism; player eligibility, recruiting; boosters and improper benefits; staffing; and student-athlete reinstatement.

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