NCAA Infractions Expert Expands Practice

Gene Marsh has a new gig. The former chair of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, who defended Pennsylvania State University during the Jerry Sandusky scandal and has represented numerous colleges and coaches in NCAA dust-ups, is joining the law firm of Jackson Lewis.

In his new role, Mr. Marsh, an emeritus law professor at the University of Alabama, will continue to defend athletics departments accused of NCAA wrongdoing. He will also help colleges prevent problems, working with colleagues to offer such services as athletics compliance audits.

“Rather than simply calling us when the NCAA wants to burn your house down,” he said in an interview, “we’ll spend time teaching and educating folks on how to stay out of trouble.”

Other firms, including Bond, Schoeneck and King—which has a big footprint in the NCAA infractions world—offer such services. But with new NCAA compliance requirements for head coaches, plenty of athletics departments could use some help.

Mr. Marsh, whose colorful personality has endeared him to many college leaders, will also have an opportunity to work with professional sports leagues, something he sees as increasingly important as college and pro sports intersect.

“Those walls are always going to be there,” he said. But with questions surrounding player rights, and the continuing need to sensitize pro teams to NCAA rules, the collegiate/pro divide is “definitely going to be broken down.”

Jackson Lewis is a national firm that specializes in employment litigation. Its clients include colleges and universities. Mr. Marsh will be based in the firm’s office in Birmingham, Ala.

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