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July 1999

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance


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Squad Meetings

Squad meeting times and dates for the fall have been set and are listed below. All meetings will take place in the projection room in the Moore Athletic Center and are mandatory for all student-athletes.

  • Football (Freshmen Only) Monday, August 2 6:00pm
  • Football (Full Squad) Thursday, August 5 6:00pm
  • Soccer Monday, August 9 5:00pm
  • Volleyball Thursday, August 12 4:00pm
  • M & W Cross Country Wednesday, August 25 1:00pm
  • M & W Golf Tuesday, August 31 4:30pm
  • Softball Wednesday, Sept. 1 4:30pm
  • M & W Track Thursday, Sept. 2 4:00pm
  • M & W Swimming Tuesday, Sept. 7 4:30pm
  • M & W Tennis Wednesday, Sept. 8 4:30pm
  • Baseball Thursday, Sept. 9 4:30pm
  • M & W Basketball Tuesday, Sept. 14 4:30pm

  • Coaches, please remind your student-athletes that they will need to bring along their automobile and auto insurance information.



    Also, coaches and staff members must attend the NCAA Certification of Compliance meeting that has been set for Wednesday, September 1st at 10am in the projection room. This is a very important meeting where all staff members will sign their cerification for the year.

    Arizona State Sentencing


    Five people were sentenced to federal prison for their roles in the Arizona State University basketball point-shaving scandal recently. Included in the five was Isaac Burton Jr., a former ASU basketball player. U.S. District Judge Robert Broomfield felt that this case harmed not only the university, but the students, fans and ultimately the coach, saying “This scandal leads to cyncism about what college sports is all about.”



    Burton was sentenced to two months in jail, six months of home detention and three years’ probation. He was also fined $8,000 and will have to perform 200 hours of community service. The maximum sentence he could have received would have been one and a half years in prison. Burton played professional basketball overseas last season.



    The other four sentenced received anywhere from 3 to 18 month sentences and fines ranging from $5,000 to $27,000 (the amount won on one of the shaved games).



    Stevin “Hedake” Smith, another ASU player who has already plead guilty to conspiracy to commit sports bribery, will be sentenced on September 20th.


    Tank Black



    Beleagured athlete-agent William “Tank” Black recently fired a warning shot across the bow of the NFLPA ship, in responding to allegations of improprieties in recruiting athletes for his fold. Mr. Black stated in his response that he has records of former student-athletes stating that they did not receive cash payments from him prior to completion of their eligibility at the University of Florida. He is hoping the NFLPA disciplinary committee will take these statements into account, when they determine whether to revoke or suspend his license later this month.



    Mr. Black has claimed repeatedly that none of the charges made against him are true and that it is a “conspiracy” by the union, and other sports agents to run him out of the field. However, Florida chief assistant state attorney Bill Cervone refuted these statements. And NFLPA lawyer Richard Berthelsen told the AP, “I am not aware of any written statements that exist in which these players denied receiving cash payments, I am aware of statements that exist to the contrary.”



    State attorney Cervone said that even if said statements arose, their credibility would be called into question. And further stated that, “an initial denial of everything is so common in any criminal prosecution that it doesn’t faze me a bit. That happens all the time, unfortunately, especially from people complicit in wrongdoing.”



    Black could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if found guilty of the charges listed.


    From the Interpretation File



    Bylaw 15.3.4.1.1 Reduction or Cancellation during Period of Award – Fraudlent Misrepresentation



    Institutional financial aid based on any degree of athletics ability may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award. For example: If a student-athlete is awarded institutional financial aid on the basis of declaring intention to participate in a particular sport by signing a letter of intent, application or tender, action on the part of the grantee not to participate (either by not reporting for practice, or after making only token appearances as determined by the institution) would constitute fraudulent misrepresentation of info. on the grantee’s application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement and would permit the institution to cancel or reduce the financial aid.


    Contest Questions



    1) Is a student-athlete who dresses as a clown and dives for entertainment purposes during the summer, considered to have received “pay-for-play”?

    a) Yes

    b) No



    2) It is permissible for an institution to use a professional athlete who did not attend the institution for promotions (e.g. season ticket sales).

    a) True

    b) False



    Please submit your answers to the Compliance Office by July 31st.


    ……In the News



    University of Minnesota’s men’s basketball coach Clem Haskins stepped down amid allegations of academic improprieties. He was not the only one leaving the campus, Alonzo Newby, an academic counselor for the basketball team and a key figure in the inquiry, was fired. The reason for his dismissal given was “refusing to cooperate with independent investigators looking into charges of academic fraud and other violations in the university’s athletic department and for participating in violation of NCAA rules” according to university sources. Allegedly, Newby gave the former academic counseling office manager, Jan Gangelhoff, $3,000. She claimed this money was directly from Coach Haskins. Recently, Gangelhoff came forward claiming to have written as many as 400 papers for Gopher players over the last five years. Newby is purported to have edited the first of many of these papers according to Gangelhoff. She described Newby’s job as doing “whatever it took to keep kids eligible”. While Haskins walked away with a reported $1.5 million severance package, Newby will not even be entitled to his $30,000 severance pay since he did not cooperate with investigators.



    Purdue University was placed on two years probation by the NCAA for major violations involving one assistant basketball coach and two others. Additionally, one scholarship was taken away for the 2000/01 and 2001/02 seasons, and the number of allowable recruiting visits was reduced to four over the next two seasons. The women’s basketball program was found to have committed several secondary violations as well. Evidently, the assistant coach arranged a $4,000 loan for a prospective student-athlete from a university representative. The loan was never repaid. All team and individual records from the 1995/96 season are to be vacated, including their NCAA tournament appearance. Also, the NCAA required the university to repay 90% of their revenues generated in the 1996 tournament. The assistant coach mentioned was forbidden to recruit off-campus for 10 days originally, but the NCAA is considering making it a year and potentially reducing his duties further for the next year. The student-athlete involved, did not play his freshman year for academic reasons, and only played in 12 games his sophomore year before quitting Purdue.



    The General Accounting Office recently published statistics on the percentage gains and losses of men’s and women’s sports participants for the period from 1985 to 1997. The three sports with the greatest gains were; women’s soccer, up 154%; women’s golf, up 80%; and women’s crew, up 46% (with both women’s indoor track and ice hockey close at 38% and 37% respectively). The three sports with the biggest percentage drop according to the GAO, were; men’s gymnastics and rifle, both were down at a 56% rate; and men’s fencing, down 48%. Overall for Division I, the GAO reported that women’s athletics had experienced a 29% gain in numbers over the last 12 years, while men had lost 10% in participation numbers for the same period.


    New Manuals



    The new 1999/00 NCAA Manuals have arrived. We will be addressing them and sending them out in the next few weeks. If you don’t receive yours by the end of July, or if you have any questions, please call 644-4272.


    Recruiting Calendar

    JULY



    Men’s Basketball



    July 1 – July 7………………Quiet period

    July 8 – July 31…….Evaluation period



    Football



    July 1 – July 31……………Quiet period


    Women’s Basketball



    July 1 – July 7………………Quiet period

    July 8 – July 31…….Evaluation period

    New Legislation


    Here is a brief review of legislation that was adopted at the January and April 1999 Division I Board of Directors Meetings. This is not meant to be a comprehensive, in-depth analysis of these pieces of legislation, but as more of a reference to these issues. For a more thorough discourse of the information enclosed within, please call your local Compliance officer.




    BASKETBALL EVENT/SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE CERTIFICATION



    No. 98-106 – Basketball Event Certification/Summer Basketball Leagues



    Prohibits any individual who has been found or pleaded guilty to sport bribery, point shaving or game fixing from having any involvement as an operator, staff member or participant in an NCAA certified basketball event or summer basketball league.


    Effective Date: Immediately
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    CHAMPIONSHIPS



    No. 98-61 – Limitations on Automatic Qualification – Division I Men’s Basketball



    Establishes a limit of 30 on the number of automatic-qualifying positions (with the remaining positions selected at-large) in the men’s basketball championship field, subject to the championships – access guarantees afforded Division I-AA and I-AAA members, as set forth in Constitution 4.01.2.3.1.
    Effective Date: August 1, 1999
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 99-21 – Automatic Qualification – General Requirements



    Specifies that a conference with automatic qualification into the applicable NCAA championship shall not lose its automatic bid if a conference champion declines to compete in an NCAA championship for reasons related to written religious pilicies against competition on certain days.


    Effective Date: August 1, 1999
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    COACHING LIMITATIONS/PERSONNEL



    No. 98-71 – Scouting Opponents


    In the sports of Division I men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, permits an institution, subsequent to the selection of the championship field until the conclusion of the championship, to purchase videotapes of opponents from individuals and/or professional scouting services.


    Effective Date: Immediately
    (Adopted January 12, 1999)


    COMMITTEES



    No. 98-97 – Sport Committees with Championships Administration Responsibilities – Regional/District Representation


    Establishes regional/district representation on various sports committees with championships administration responsibilities without increasing the current size of the committee.


    Effective Date: August 1, 1999; the prescribed regional or district representation shall be achieved through normal attrition.
    (Adopted January 12, 1999)


    No. 98-122 – Sport Committees with Championships Administration Responsibilities – Regional Representation



    Establishes regional representation on various sports committees with championships administration responsibilities without increasing the current size of the committee.


    Effective Date: August 1, 1999; the prescribed regional representation shall be achieved through normal attrition.
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    CONTEST EXEMPTIONS/CERTIFICATION GUIDELINES



    No. 99-12 – Contest Exemptions – Provisional Member


    Permits an exempted event in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico to be sponsored by a provisional NCAA member located in that state or territory.
    Effective Date: Immediately
    (Adopted January 12, 1999)


    CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY



    No. 98-47 – Eligibility – Students with Learning Disabilities


    Permits a student-athlete with a learning disability who was not a qualifier to earn a fourth season of competition, provided the student-athlete has satisfied specified procedures and has completed at least 75 percent of his or her degree program at the beginning of the fifth academic year following the studetn-athlete’s initial, full-time collegiate enrollment.
    Effective Date: August 1, 1999
    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-108 – Eligibility – Hardship Waiver – Division I



    In Division I, requires that contemporaneous or other appropriate medical documentation, as specified, be submitted with any hardship-waiver request.
    Effective Date: Immediately
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 98-109 – Eligibility – Seasons of Competition – Division I



    In Division I, permits the NCAA Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement to grant a student-athlete an additional season of competiton when a coaching staff member erroneously directed a student-athlete to participate in competition prior to receipt of a formal declaration of his or her eligibility status and the student-athlete is subsequently determined to be ineligible for the competition.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    EXPENSES/AWARDS/BENEFITS



    No. 98-110 – De Minimis Violations – Enrolled Student-Athletes – Division I


    In Division I, specifies instances in which a de minimis violation will not render an enrolled student-athlete ineligible while retaining the fact that such a violation shall be considered an institutional violation.
    Effective Date: August 1, 1999
    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 98-111 – Restitution for Receipt of Improper Benefits – Division I



    In Division I, specifies circumstances in which an institution does not have to declare a student-athlete ineligible and seek reinstatement on behalf of a student-athlete who received an improper benefit, provided the student-athlete repays the value of the improper benefit.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    FINANCIAL AID



    No. 98-52 – Academic Honor Awards


    In Division I sports, permits entering student-athletes to receive an institutional academic honor award under specified conditions without including such aid in the institution’s team limits during that academic year in the applicable sport.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-58 – Financial Aid – Midyear Graduate – Division I-A Football



    Permits a counter who graduates at midyear or who graduated during the previous academic year (or following summer) to be replaced with an initial counter.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE



    No. 99-13 – Division I Legislative Process – Comment Period


    Eliminates the current 60-day comment period following cabinet actions related to a proposed legislative change.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 99-14 – Division I Legislative Process – Noncontroversial Legislation



    Provides legislative authority for the Management Council to adopt only emregency, noncontroversial legislation during its first and third meetings of each calendar year, subject to review by the Board of Directors.


    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    INITIAL ELIGIBILITY


    No. 98-48 – Initial Eligibility – GED Test/Equivalency Diploma



    Specifies that a prospect may qualify for athletically related financial aid and practice at the institution’s regular home facility, but not for competition, by presenting a minimum average score of 45 on the five-part GED tesst and satisfying the applicable core-curriculum grade-point average in corresponding ACT or SAT score for a partial qualifier as set forth in the sliding scale index in Bylaw 14.3.2.1.1.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999; for entering freshmen whose initial collegiate enrollment occurs during the 1999-00 academic year and thereafter.

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    MEMBERSHIP


    No. 98-95 – Membership Requirements – Minimum Participants – Division I Women’s Fencing



    Specifies that in Division I women’s fencing, an institution’s team shall include a minimum of five participants in each contest that is counted toward meeting the minimum-contest requirement.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-131 – Emerging Sports – Equestrian



    Adds the sport of equestrian as an emerging sport for women.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    PLAYING & PRACTICE SEASONS
    No. 98-62 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Division I Golf



    In Division I, permits an institution that is a member of a conference that conducts its only conference championship in the sport of golf during the fall term to begin preseason practice on August 24 or the institution’s first day of classes for the fall term, whichever is earlier, and to begin the first date of competition on September 1 or the institution’s first day of classes for the fall term, whichever is earlier.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 98-63 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Maximum Dates of Competition – Division I Tennis



    In Division I, specifies that tournaments conducted under a team tennis format competition, involving no more than three men and three women participants, shall not count as an institutional date of competition for either the men’s or women’s tennis team and shall count as a single date of competition for each individual participating in the event, regarelss of the actual number of days during which competition occurs.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-65 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Division I Field Hockey – First Permissible Contest Date



    In Division I, establishes 11 weeks prior to the start of the NCAA Field Hockey Championships as the first permissible contest date in the sport of field hockey.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 98-66 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Division I Women’s Soccer



    In Division I, establishes 11 weeks prior to the start of the NCAA Championships as the first permissible contest date in the sport of women’s soccer.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999


    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    No. 98-90 – Division I-A Football – Maximum Contest Limitations



    In Division I-A football, eliminates annual preseason exempted contests subsequent to the 2002 playing season; further, beginning with the 2002 footballl season, permits Division I-A institutions to schedule a 12th football contest in those years in which there are 14 Saturdays from the first permissible playing date through the last playing date in November.



    Effective Date: Part A – August 1, 2002; Parts B and C – January 1, 2003
    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-92 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Limitations – Division I Basketball



    In the sport of Division I basketball, permits Division I institutions to participate in a maximum of 28 basketball contests and specifies that participation in a certified basketball event shall count as a single contest; eliminates all annual exemptions for which certification is required with the exception of the postseason men’s and women’s National Invitation Tournament (NIT); further, specifies that beginning with the 2000-01 academic year, division I institutions shall be limited to participating in not more than one certified basketball event in a given academic year, and not more than two certified basketball events every four years.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-93 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Daily Contest Limitations/Starting Times – Division I Softball



    Establishes a maximum limit of three softball contests that may be played during any one day.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-94 – Outside Competition – Division I Men’s Water Polo



    Permits student-athletes in the sport of men’s water polo to compete on outside teams during the spring outside of the institution’s playing and practice seasons, as specified.



    Effective Date: May 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 99-38 – Foreign Tour – Women’s Rowing Exception



    Allows women’s rowing teams to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta on a foreign tour, even if the may included competition with other American Teams.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)


    POSTSEASON BOWL CERTIFICATION/ALL-STAR GAMES



    No. 99-20 – Postseason Bowl Games – Deserving Winning Team


    Specifies that a forfeiture of a regular-season football victory required by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions, a conference or self-imposed by an institution due to NCAA rules violation may not be counted by either of the competing institutions in satisfying the definition of a deserving winning team.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted April 20, 1999)



    RECRUITING


    No. 98-12 – Official Visits – Baseball


    Limits to 25 the number of official visits an institution may provide to prospective student-athletes in the sport of baseball in a given year..



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-36 – Publicity Contests Involving National Teams



    Allows athletics department staff members to serve as announcers or commentators during national team events, including the Olympic games, regardless of whether there are prospective student-athletes involved in such competition.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-49 – Recruiting Calendar – Division I Softball



    Establishes a recruiting calendar in the sport of Division I softball, as specified.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)




    No. 98-50 – Recruiting Opportunities – Division I Sports other than Football, Basketball and Men’s Ice Hockey



    Specifies that in all sports other than Division I football, basketball and men’s ice hockey, an institution is permitted seven permissible recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations) during the academic, and that not more than three of the seven recruiting opportunities may be in-person, off-campus contacts.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



    No. 98-51 – Offers and Inducements – Employment of Two-Year Prospects



    Specifies that the arrangement of employment by an institution for a two-year college prospect shall be permitted only if the prospect has officially withdrawn from or has completed requirements for graduation at the two-year college.



    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted Janaury 12, 1999)



    No. 98-53 – Off-Campus Contacts/Evaluations – Division I-A Football



    In Division I-A football, permits an institution’s head football coach to make an off-campus contact or evaluation with a prospective student-athlete at any time during a calendar week (Sunday through Saturday) during a permissible contact or evaluation period, provided no more than seven coaches (including the head coach) are engaging in off-campus recruiting activities at any one time during the calendar week.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)


    TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY



    No. 98-21 – Two-Year College Transfer Eligibility


    Permits a two-year college transfer to use an associate or equivalent degree that is academic or technical in nature to satisfy the two-year college graduation requirement.



    Effective Date: August 1, 1999

    (Adopted January 12, 1999)



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