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Florida State University Educational Efforts

Florida State makes every effort to educate people on NCAA rules and regulations. Below are examples of seminars and symposiums administered by the Compliance Office.

AGENT DAY: Agent day was held on October 15, 2000 at the Moore Athletic Center. Registered agents with the State of Florida and FSU had the opportunity to speak with our football players individually.

ACADEMIC FRAUD SYMPOSIUM: On November 8, 2000, Florida State hosted its first academic fraud symposium which included a guest presentation by Ice Miller, a law firm with offices in Indianapolis, Chicago and South Bend. Ice Miller ‘s legal services in sports and entertainment law include NCAA violations, NCAA enforcement, NCAA rules education, NCAA athletics certification and Title IX issues.

PARENT DAY: was held on September 23, 2000 and gave parents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the NCAA policy on agents and amateurism as well as information on gambling and careers in professional sport. Darrell E. Wills, a registered agent with IMG and Met Life’s financial advisor Vicki R. Brakens, were also present to give presentations and answer questions parents may have about professional sport representation.

STATE OF FLORIDA COMPLIANCE SUMMIT: gives the Division I Florida schools an opportunity to discuss NCAA policy, Compliance issues, and issues dealing with eligibility, recruiting and amateurism. The summit is hosted by different schools each year and is held annually during the summer.

NCAA REGIONAL SEMINAR: focuses on new legislation at the NCAA. The seminar is held annually in three different regions throughout the U.S. and is open to Compliance officers, Registrar, Life Skills and Financial Aid.

GAMBLING SYMPOSIUM: Florida State hosted its first gambling symposium in Fall, 1998 and hopes to put another one together in the future. Gambling is a “hot topic” in intercollegiate athletics and we feel it is important to educate athletes on such controversial issues.

FSU FOOTBALL AGENT SYMPOSIUM: gives our student-athletes, athletic administrators, and coaches a chance to meet with agents, financial advisors and representatives from the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

A CAREER IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS/AGENT ISSUES CLASS

This is an undergraduate level class taught through Florida State’s Sport Administration program. This course, believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country, focuses on our student-athletes, and preparing them for a career as a professional athlete. The class, listed as PET 4930, taught by Compliance Coordinator, Brian Battle. The four main objectives of the class is for the students to:

1. gain an understanding about making the transition from intercollegiate to professional athletics in general, and specifically, the support they need in the process of dealing with issues such as contracts, financial management, collective bargaining, agents, insurance, and players unions.

2. gain an understanding about making the transition from professional athletics to a post-playing career.

3. gain an understanding about the NCAA and State of Florida agent and amateurism regulations and their eligibility, and legal ramifications to college athletes and agents.

4. gain an understanding about how to prepare for administrative positions in professional athletics.

The class includes two written exams as well as a group presentation to be turned in at the end of the semester. It is the goal of the class to bring in guest speakers who can reflect on their own careers and experiences to assist in the overall learning process. Guest speakers include sport agents, financial managers, insurance experts, player association representatives, front office personnel, equipment manufacturer representatives, media representatives, and NCAA representatives. The class is offered each fall.

NCAA COMPLIANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL CLASS

This is a graduate level class taught through Florida State’s Sport Administration program. This course focuses on the NCAA rules that affect the management of a college athletic department. The class, listed as PET 6931, taught by Associate Athletic Director, Bob Minnix. The five main objectives of the class is for the graduate students to:

1. gain an understanding of the history, purposes, fundamental policies, and administrative organization of the NCAA.

2. gain sufficient working knowledge of the Operating Bylaws of the NCAA Manual to qualify for an entry level coaching and/or administrative position in an NCAA member institution.

3. learn to apply NCAA rules and regulations to compliance related scenarios that coaches and athletic administrators must analyze and make decisions about on a routine basis.

4. learn the basic principles of institutional control of an intercollegiate athletics program and the basic components and applications of an institutional compliance program.

5. gain an understanding of the relationship between the NCAA and member institutions.

The class includes two written exams, group case studies, and individual written assignments. It is offered each spring, and is required of all master’s and doctoral level students in the Sport Administration program.

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