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Overview

A former NCAA investigator, Jason represents colleges, universities and athletes nationwide in enforcement, eligibility and compliance matters.

Colleges and universities at all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) levels, Division I, II and III, seek out Jason’s unique ability to navigate NCAA rules and resolve complex legal and regulatory issues affecting college athletics programs, athletes and coaches. In addition to his private practice, Jason has served in multiple regulatory positions at the NCAA, including as an investigator and an academic and membership affairs staff member responsible for waivers and rules interpretations. His unique background at the NCAA National Office and thereafter as a compliance administrator at North Carolina State University allows him to analyze NCAA rules and other athletics legal and regulatory issues from multiple perspectives, guide clients through NCAA regulatory processes efficiently and engage in proactive planning related to legal and regulatory issues affecting college athletics programs. When sensitive challenges and disputes do arise, Jason works closely with clients for best possible outcomes. Jason has represented and counseled clients regarding:

  • NCAA enforcement investigations and alleged infractions
  • Name, Image and Likeness
  • Contracts
  • Title IX gender equity
  • NCAA independent accountability resolution process
  • Independent investigations of coaches’ conduct and student-athlete safety and well-being issues
  • Athlete eligibility
  • NCAA Division I amateurism reviews
  • NCAA waivers
  • NCAA compliance reviews
  • Title IX gender equity reviews
  • Athletics department policies and procedures evaluation
  • NCAA, NAIA and amateur sports organizations' rules interpretations

Based on his time as an Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at North Carolina State University, Jason understands the real-world challenges clients face. Jason aims to act as a true teammate in creating strategies that streamline compliance benchmarks and resolve disputes in the most effective manner possible while never forgetting the most important goal: athletes’ academic and athletic success.


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Education

  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.A., Baker University
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Experience
  • Served as outside counsel and NCAA regulatory affairs advisor to NCAA Division I Conference addressing a variety of legal and NCAA issues, including the effects of NCAA v. Alston; NCAA Name, Image and Likeness Interim Policy; Intellectual Property; Conference Bylaws and NCAA compliance matters.
  • Counseled NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA member institutions on issues related to Name, Image and Likeness, including NCAA Interim Policy and multiple state laws.
  • Represented NCAA Division I and Olympic athlete in issues related to application of NCAA rules and negotiation of contract for the use of athlete's Name, Image and Likeness.
  • Conducted Title IX gender equity review for NCAA Division I institution and counseled institution on compliance issues.
  • As member of NCAA enforcement staff, investigated and resolved major infractions cases (now Level I or II cases), and presented cases on behalf of NCAA enforcement staff to Division I, II and III Committees on Infractions.
  • As member of NCAA academic and membership affairs staff, assisted Division I, II and III member institutions with all aspects of regulatory environment including Legislative Relief Waivers, Initial- and Continuing-Eligibility Waivers, and Interpretations of NCAA legislation.
  • As liaison to Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, developed and implemented national partnership between NCAA Division III and Special Olympics North America (SONA).
  • Conducted independent review on behalf of Big 10 university of potential NCAA violations involving head coach's provision of extra benefits to student-athlete, self-reported violations to NCAA and worked with NCAA enforcement staff on behalf of university to resolve infractions case with Division I Committee on Infractions utilizing negotiated resolution process.
  • Represented Division III college in NCAA investigation related to impermissible financial aid awards provided to student-athletes and successfully resolved case on behalf of college with Division III Committee on Infractions.
  • Represented Pac 12 institution in NCAA amateurism review of Division I men's basketball student-athlete and successfully advocated for student-athlete's immediate eligibility.
  • Successfully advocated for multiple student-athletes through NCAA waiver and student-athlete reinstatement processes addressing issues related to transfer eligibility, medical hardships, seasons of competition and penalties for violations, among other issues, through collaboration with student-athletes and their families, and NCAA member institution.
  • Represented Division I member institution before Division I Committee on Infractions in contested case and successfully defended institution against charge of lack of institutional control.
  • Conducted independent investigation of Division I coach's conduct that allegedly negatively impacted health and safety of student-athletes on the sport team that included interviews with multiple coaches, student-athletes and administrators.
  • Conducted multiple reviews of Division I member institutions athletics compliance systems to identify areas of potential vulnerability and provide proactive solutions.
  • Guided NCAA Division I, II and III institutions in responding to allegations of potential NCAA rules violations both from external individuals, news reports, in conjunctions with internal reviews or as part of an NCAA inquiry.
  • Consulted with student-athletes and their families regarding the application of NCAA rules in their unique circumstances.
  • Represented Southeastern Conference (SEC) university before Division I Committee on Infractions and successfully resolved recruiting violations alleged as Level II with committee, accepting university's self-imposed penalties.
Outside the Office

A former football student-athlete, Jason now enjoys cheering on his school-age son at soccer, basketball and baseball games.

Jason was a four-year letterman, team captain and two-time NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete at Baker University. Jason’s free time is currently enjoyed with family, and passing down his love of athletics to his young son.

Community Leadership
  • Baker University, parMentor Program Mentor
  • Baker University, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Masters of Science in Sports Management, adjunct faculty member

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