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March 1999

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance


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Ohio State University has recommended taking two football coaches out of
the off-campus recruiting mix for the next full year, as part of a
self-imposed punishment for violations regarding recruiting during a “quiet
period”. However they will be allowed to continue all on-campus recruiting
duties.



The NCAA has accepted, what appear to be, very serious penalties for what
could possibly be deemed secondary infractions. The prospective
student-athlete who has signed with OSU was initially declared ineligible
after OSU reported the incident. However, his eligibilty has been
restored.



OSU Athletics Director Andy Geiger had some very strong feelings about the
rules violations, “I want to make sure the NCAA understands that we take
our responsibilities with the rules very, very seriously. And I want other
institutions to understand that a leadership program is expected to do
things correctly and that it will pay a penalty when it does not. I think
that too often we don’t accept responsibility as an institution for where
the mistake was made.”



In other recruiting news, the University of Washington had a very similar
situation occur. The UW situation entailed five assistant coaches on the
road during the “quiet period”, and they met with eight prospects, five of
whom ended up signing with the Huskies.



In their recent self-report to the NCAA, UW did admit their
improprieties and gave themselves some very severe self-inflicted
penalties. Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and five of his assistants will have
letters of reprimand placed in their files. Also they will give up six of
their 56 permitted on-campus visits next year. The five assistant coaches
will be witheld from four weeks of off-campus recruiting, while Coach
Neuheisel will not be allowed off-campus for two-thirds of his allowable
recruiting time. Part of his penalty stems from an incident in which he
violated Bylaw 13.12.1 regarding practice session/tryouts, Coach Neuheisel
had a three-point shooting contest with a recruit.



Employment Reminder

Employment opportunities abound for student-athletes so long as they
know where to look for jobs (see Guy Morgan) and understand the rules
regarding their earnings.



According to Bylaw 15.2.6, any earnings from student-athletes
employment during the school semester must be measured against his or her
full grant-in-aid. A student-athlete is allowed to recieve earnings from
legitimate on- or off-campus employment up to the value of a full grant
plus $2,000, provided the student-athlete has spent at least one academic
year in residence and is academically eligible to compete. Additionally,
there are forms that must be filled out prior to starting employment.
Also, the student-athlete can only be paid for work performed and at the
current going rate for such work.



During the summer and vacation periods, the student-athlete may
receive legitimate summer employment earnings without restriction according
to Bylaw 15.2.7.3. This includes a situation where the student-athlete is
attending summer school and recieving financial aid. These earnings do not
affect the amount of financial aid the student-athlete may be eligible for
during the summer term.



Supreme Court rules for NCAA

The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the NCAA is not
subject to a federal sex-bias law solely because they collect dues from
colleges and universities that are federally financed. However they may be
covered by Title IX for other reasons.



The suit was originally brought forward by a former volleyball player from
St. Bonaventure, who graduated in less than three years, later pursued a
graduate degree at Hofstra and a law degree at the University of
Pittsburgh. She was attempting to bypass an NCAA rule that stated graduate
students could only participate in athletics at the school in which they
recieved their undergraduate degree. Her lawsuit stated that the NCAA gave
more waivers, in this situation to male student-athletes than women. The
NCAA’s response was that a higher percentage of males requested the waiver,
and actually, in 1996, began allowing graduate students to transfer their
eligibility to another school.



The Supreme Court stated “This showing, without more, is insufficient to
trigger Title IX coverage.” Cedric Dempsey, NCAA Executive Director, was
pleased with the court’s decision and said “We have consistently said that
the NCAA should be in compliance with Title IX on a voluntary basis and
have worked to achieve it.” Mr. Dempsey had reason to be relieved as the
NCAA is still smarting from the restricted-earnings settlement.



From the Interpretation File

Bylaw 13.13.2.1.2 Employment in Own Institution’s Camp or Clinic –
Sports other than Division I Football. In sports other than Division I
football, a member institution (or employees of its athletics department)
may employ its’ student-athletes as counselors in camps or clinics, subject
to the following conditions: a) The student-athlete shall not participate
in organized practice activities other than during the institution’s
playing season in the sport, and b) The member institution’s director of
athletics must give prior approval to the student-athlete’s employment
arrangement.



Bylaw 13.13.2.1.3.1 In Division I football, no member of an
institution’s football squad who has eligibility remaining may be employed
or otherwise participate in that institution’s football camp.


Contest Questions


1)  It is permissible for an institution to provide athletics equipment to
a prospect who is participating in an all-star competition.
a) True
b) False
2) An institution may pay a fee required by the appropriate testing agency
to obtain a prospect's official ACT or SAT scores.
a) True
b) False
Please submit your answers to the Compliance Office by March 31.


In the News

A number of student-athletes from Europe have recently been ruled
ineligible and forced to sit out contests at their respective schools.
The misunderstanding concerns the eligibility of players who have recieved
“pay” for playing overseas. The reason for this sudden increase in the
number of findings, is due to the recent push by the NCAA to check on how
foreign leagues are operated.



Currently, there are 291 foreign student-athletes playing Division I
basketball, (in 1993 there were only 135). The amatuerism rules that are
in place were set with the United State’s pro leagues in mind and did not
realize some of the intricacies of the foreign leagues.
The head of enforcement for the NCAA, David Price, has stated that foreign
student-athletes must follow the same rules as domestic student-athletes.
However, athletes may receive money for expenses, as long as it is
“reasonable”. This is where the problem lies, in determining a definition
in each individual case of what reasonable entails. At this point, each
case is being studied on it’s own merits.



Thus far this season, players at Marist, Delaware, Boise State, Creighton,
San Jose State and North Carolina have had to miss games. One
student-athlete missed 18 games, while another sat out a total of 23 games
(three of which will have carry over to next season.)



Kansas State University’s football program avoided serious NCAA
repercussions last month concerning a top junior college recruit that
received money from a booster to purchase a used car. The NCAA’s Committee
on Infractions accepted KSU’s self-imposed penalties, while complimenting
the university on their rapid response to the problem.



KSU, after being notified of the situation concerning a running back by an
uninvolved booster, reported the situation immediately and made their own
initial investigation. The prospect took a total of $3,400 in order to
purchase a used BMW. The implicated booster solicited funds from other
boosters to make the loan. The prospective student-athlete stated that he
had thought the money was coming from a friend.



The NCAA did extend a probationary period by one year that KSU was serving
for violations committed in 1994 and 1995 in the sports of track and
women’s basketball. Their probation will now end on May 31, 2000.
The University of North Carolina women’s soccer program, which has won 15
national titles in the last 18 years, has been saddled with a recruiting
problem. Head Coach Anson Dorrance is facing NCAA sanctions over the
apparent signing of a student-athlete to a national letter of intent,
without the required payment by the university of some portion of her
college attendance. UNC states that the recruit wanted to sign a letter of
intent and understood she would not be receiving any aid. She has since
left the university.



The University of South Carolina has reported to the SEC that a former
assistant coach made improper contact with a student-athlete who was the
University of Alabama’s goalkeeper in October 1997. The goalkeeper
subsequently transferred to South Carolina; however, the release to talk
with her did not come until mid-November 1997.



Pool Reminder

Just a reminder that according to Bylaw 10.3, staff members of the
athletics deparment of a member institution shall not knowingly participate
in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics. Thank
you.



Recruiting Calendar

MARCH


Men's Basketball
 November 19 - March 15, 1999;  Quiet period except for 40 evaluation days
selected at the discretion of the institution and designated in writing in
the office of the director of athletics; institutional staff members shall
not visit a prospect's high school on more than one day per week during
this period.
March 16 -22 .......................................Contact period
March 23 -24 .......................................Quiet period
March 25 - 30 (noon) ...............................Dead period
March 30 (noon) - March 31 (8a.m.) .................Quiet period
March 31 (8a.m.) - April 5 .........................Contact period
Football
March 1- 31,1999 ...................................Quiet period
Women's Basketball
March 1 - 23: Quiet period, except for 16 person days selected at the
discretion of the institution and designated in writing in the office of
the director of athletics: Contact period.
March 24 - 29
(noon) .............................................Dead period
Mar.29 (noon) -Apr.4 ...............................Contact period
COMPLIANCE
STAFF
Mr. Bob Minnix
Associate Athletic
Director for Compliance
Ms. Pennie Parker
Director of Compliance Services
Mr. Brian Battle
Compliance Coordinator
Ms. Xiomara Disla
Graduate Assistant
Ms. Bonnie Doyle
Graduate Assistant
Mr. Reggie Gonser
Graduate Assistant
Mr. Jason Hall
Graduate Assistant
Mr. John Lata
Graduate Assistant

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