Less than a month after four football players were sent to the student attorney general for being accused of assaulting redshirt freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer during training camp, the Student-Athlete Academic Initiative Working Group reviewed the Department of Athletics’ procedures for interacting with the Honor Court.
Defensive players Des Lawrence, Brian Walker, M.J. Stewart and Donnie Miles were suspended from the football game against Liberty University after reports of the incident surfaced. Yahoo Sports first reported the incident on Aug. 26. A University investigation concluded Sept. 4 and the case was turned over to Student Attorney General Raquel Dominguez.
Vince Ille, senior associate athletic director for compliance, said whether the athletic department opens its own investigation depends on the nature of the allegations against athletes and if there are potential NCAA rule violations. For example, he said fake ID and underage drinking charges would not result in a separate athletic department investigation, but academic fraud or academic misconduct, as defined by the NCAA, would result in a separate investigation.
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said if an individual team rule was violated, coaches could be involved.
“You have a legal issue, and an Honor Court issue and a team issue,” he said. “An NCAA issue is a quarter category. Depending on the severity of the issue, it kind of puts you in a category or multiple categories.”