NCAA Appoints George C. Wright to it's Board of Directors
Jan 23 15
George C. Wright has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. Wright's term runs until the fall of 2019. Wright recently began his second decade as president of Prairie View AandM University in Texas.
Hagens Berman Files Lawsuit against Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University and National Collegiate Athletic Association
Sep 2 14
Attorney Steve W. Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP has filed a lawsuit on behalf of player Zach Walen against Portland State University (PSU), Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for failing to provide appropriate post-concussion medical care and negligently clearing him to return to football. Walen, whose father Mark Walen is a former NFL (Dallas Cowboys) player and former NCAA college (UCLA) football athlete, was recruited to play football for the PSU Vikings but suffered a severe concussion after receiving a direct blow to his head during his first game on Sept. 1, 2012. The athletic staff at PSU allegedly failed to identify the concussion during or after the game, and he only received medical attention when his family took him to the hospital after noticing he was exhibiting symptoms consistent with a concussion. PSU athletic staff later prepared an Injury Evaluation based on the incident, which noted that Walen was experiencing memory loss, in the form of anterograde amnesia. Walen's treatment plan stated that PSU football officials should continue to monitor Walen, and when he was symptom free and after passing ImPACT test, they could begin gradual progression back into football participation. Walen failed the post-injury ImPACT test, scoring significantly below his baseline score. Walen, however, was never asked to perform a subsequent ImPACT test, even though according to PSU's own treatment plan, a passing ImPACT test was required for Walen to return to play. Walen was also examined by Dr. Charles Webb, PSU's team doctor and Director of Sport Medicine at OHSU, who confirmed that Walen was still impaired by his concussion -- and yet didn't provide any further medical attention for his concussion. The NCAA Constitution requires that concussed athletes receive a medical clearance from a physician or a physician's designee before they can return to play. Walen never received a medical release, nor is there any release in his medical file. Walen soon began to participate in regular drills or practices and over the 2012-2013 school year, played approximately eight other games as a linebacker. During this time, Walen also began to experience unexplained anger, along with overwhelming feelings of depression and anxiety. He lost the ability to focus at school, displayed significantly impaired memory skills, and complained of crippling headaches. He withdrew from the PSU Vikings football team in October 2013. The suit seeks $5 million in estimated damages for the loss of earning potential, as well as existing and future medical expenses incurred from ongoing rehabilitation.
National Collegiate Athletic Association Appoints Perry Massey as to Serve on Division II Academic Requirements Committee
Aug 18 14
Dr. Perry Massey, a Professor and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Fayetteville State University, has been appointed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to serve on the Division II Academic Requirements Committee. The appointment is effective September 1, 2014 through Sept. 1, 2018. The committee consists of 10 members, including two members of the NCAA Division II Management Council, one member of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and at least one member representing the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. As a member of the committee, Massey's duties on the committee will include: review and consider those portions of the Association's constitution and bylaws that affect Division II and relate to principles of sound academic requirements. Review and establish procedures for considering waivers of initial-eligibility and progress-toward-degree requirements. Monitor procedures for gathering data on membership persistence and graduation rates and report the findings from the study of such rates. Serve on the NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award Committee. Interact with Divisions I and III to monitor appropriate application of academic issues. Study and, when appropriate, make recommendations to the Management Council concerning relationships between the Association and its members, the secondary-school community and two-year colleges.