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Nov. 13, 1997

The Interpreter, November 1997



FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER MAKES PARENTS WEEKEND PRESENTATION

Former FSU and NFL Vikings standout Hassan Jones spoke to parents of football players in conjunction with the FSU-Georgia Tech football game and Parents Weekend. The presentation was hosted by the FSU Compliance Office and the Professional Sports Counseling Panel. The hour was used to educate parents on how they could assist their sons in the agent selection process and with making the transition from college to professional football.


Parents received packets of information that included materials explaining what services an agent can provide and the common fee structure for these services. Also included was information regarding NFL salaries of 1997 draftees, a booklet entitled iA Career In Professional Athletics,i the Florida Athlete Agent Law, NCAA Regulations regarding agents and a list of Agents and Financial Advisors who have registered with FSU.


Mr. Jones went on to discuss in detail his experiences as a football player and preparing for a professional career after football. Mr. Jones played professional football with the Minnesota Vikings and briefly with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is currently a successful businessman and sports radio host in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Jones and Dr. Brian Mand talked extensively about the agent selection process.


The presentation was given in an informal setting in the Moore Projection Room and included a lengthy question and answer exchange between the parents, Mr. Jones and Dr. Mand. This educational seminar, along with Dr. Mandis iA Career In Professional Sportsi class and the annual Agent Day hosted in the fall have proven to be excellent ways to provide information and feedback on the realities of professional football within the confines of NCAA and the State of Florida Agent and Amateurism regulations. Around 25 playeris families attended the seminar and the information packets were mailed to those who could not attend.





GAMBLING VIDEO TAPE AVAILABLE

Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Bob Minnix, recently spoke to the FSU Menis Basketball squad about the gambling issue in college sports. It is important to realize that all athletic department staff members, as well as student-athletes, are prohibited from gambling or accepting bets on any intercollegiate competition. Additionally, this year, the gambling restriction has been extended to include professional athletics. Also, information about players (i.e. injuries) cannot be given to individuals involved in organized gambling activities. The NCAA has strict guidelines concerning gambling because it believes iit undermines or carries the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contestsi Any prospective or enrolled student-athlete found in violation of these gambling restrictions can forfeit all remaining eligibility.


Mr. Minnix emphasized the fact that iinfluencing or attempting to influence the outcome of a contest (i.e. point-shaving) is a federal offensei handled by federal authorities and not the NCAA. Along with his presentation Mr. Minnix showed a videotape entitled iGambling With Your Life.i The videotape features former athletes that were involved in point-shaving scandals as well as members of organized crime families who are serving prison sentences for their roles in intercollegiate gambling activites.


With NCAA institutions being hit recently with gambling scandals the NCAA has put a special emphasis on resolving this problem. Student-athletes have lost their eligibility, coaches have lost their jobs, and athletic directors have been forced to take other jobs. In the past, specific sports have been terminated indefinitely for point-shaving.


In the last five years the NCAA Eligibility Committee has made it more difficult for student-athletes to regain eligibility following gambling suspensions. For these reasons and for the welfare of our student-athletes, coaches are encouraged to stop by or call the Compliance Office to view the videotape.





COMPLIANCE CONTEST QUESTIONS

1)  Practice may be conducted at any time, including vacation periods,
    following a competition.
a)  True
b)  False

2)  Partial qualifiers are eligible for which of the following?
a)  expenses to travel with the team
b)  athletically related financial aid
c)  competition
d)  pratice on campus
e)  ibi and idi





FROM THE INTERPRETATION FILE

Basketball and football coaches may speak at banquets held at a prospect’s educational institution during a contact period. Basketball coaches use the once-per-week visit to the institution and an evaluation for all of the prospects at the institution. A contact is NOT used, provided a recruiting presentation is not made and no direct contact with a prospect occurs. Football coaches use the once-per-week visit and a contact for all prospects at the institution.


Basketball and football coaches may attend banquets outside of a contact period, except dead periods, as long as no evaluation activities, recruiting presentations or direct contact occurs. Under these same conditions, coaches in all other sports may speak at banquets without using any contacts
or evaluations.





EARLY SIGNING PERIOD REGULATIONS

The early signing period for all sports except football, volleyball and soccer occurs during the week of November 12-19. During this period the NCAA has established regulations regarding contact with those prospects signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with FSU.


Any in-person, off-campus delivery of an NLI by a staff member is prohibited. They may be delivered by express or regular mail, courier service or by fax.


Institutional staff members may make unlimited phone calls on the initial date for the signing of the NLI and the two days immediately following the initial signing date. After the calendar day on which a prospect signs an NLI, there is no limit on the number of phone calls FSU staff members can make to that signee.


FSU may announce the signing of an NLI by a prospect only after the prospect has signed with FSU. There may be no press conferences, except to announce all signings in a sport at one time as long as none of the signees are in attendance.





NCAA RULES CONCERNING SATISFACTORY PROGRESS

In light of recent NCAA findings at other institutions regarding the miscalculation of satisfactory progress legislation the Compliance staff believes the following information should be reiterated.


Student-athletes must average 12 hours during their previous academic terms or must complete 24 hours since the beginning of the previous fall term or the preceding regular two semesters. Eighteen of the 24 hours must be completed during the regular academic year (i.e. fall and spring semester). No more than six hours during the summer may be used to satisfy the 24 hour requirement.


Any student-athlete entering their third year of enrollment or fifth semester must designate a program of studies leading to a specific baccalaureate degree. Thereafter, the student-athlete must make satisfactory progress toward this degree. These requirements apply to transfers entering FSU going into their third year or fifth semester. A 4-2-4 transfer needs an AA degree and 24 transferable degree credits.


Satisfactory progress toward the degree includes completion of 25% of their degree and a 1.8 GPA by the beginning of their third year, 50% and a 1.9 GPA by the fourth year and 75% and 1.9 GPA by the fifth year of enrollment.





DID YOU KNOW….?

Student-athletes who need to be reimbursed for books or other essential class expenses (i.e. theater tickets) need to see Jason Pappas or Elizabeth Motto in the Academic Support Office. Their office is located on the sixth floor of the University Center. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, remember an occasional meal from a coach or a representative of athletics interests may be provided for currently enrolled student-athletes. The meal must be at the individualis home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered. Transportation may be provided to the student-athletes as long as it is provided by the individual who is hosting the meal.





RECRUITING CALENDAR

Men’s Basketball: September 27 through November 19


Quiet period: November 20 through March 15, 1998 Evaluation Period: 40 evaluation days selected at the discretion of FSU and in writing in the compliance office.


Women’s Basketball: October 8 through February 28,1998 Evaluation Period: 40 evaluation days selected at the discretion of FSU and designated in writing in the compliance office.


Men’s & Women’s Basketball: Those days not designated Quiet Period Dead Period: November 10 through 13


Football:Quiet Period: August 1 through November 30 except…….. nine days during October & November selected at the discretion of FSU and in writing in the Compliance Office.





The Interpreter is a monthly Compliance newsletter sent to the entire Seminole Athletic Staff regarding recent events and occurrences around the country, and here in Tallahassee that may have an impact at Florida State. Also included are recent rule interpretations of the FSU Compliance Office, as well as current events within the Seminole Athletic Department.

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