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January, 1998

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance

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Welcome to the on-line version of the Interpreter, the official newsletter of The Florida State University Office of Compliance. The Interpreter is a monthly publication covering current events pertaining to rules compliance. For more information about the Office of Compliance please check the Compliance Website by clicking on the FSU Compliance Information icon at the top of this page, or feel free to contact the Compliance Office at (850) 644-4272.


The NCAA has extablished strict guidelines on what services
student-athletes can receive from Florida State University employees and representatives of athletics interests (boosters) while enrolled at FSU. The term used for services prohibited by NCAA legislation is “extra benefits.”

FSU student-athletes may not receive any free or reduced cost
services. Special reduced rent is an example of this type of service.
Student-athletes may not use telephones and/or credit cards for personal reasons without charge. This includes the telephones in the coaches’ offices. It is not permissible for FSU student-athletes to receive movie tickets or use of a car from a commercial agency (i.e. theater or car dealer) at a reduced rate or without charge. Representatives of athletics interests are strictly prohibited from cosigning a loan or assisting the student-athlete in the payment of their personal expenses (i.e. phone bills, rent, etc). Also, representatives may not type or assist student-athletes in writing papers for classes at FSU.

It is important that representatives of athletics interests
realize that they may not serve as “sponsors” or “host families” for FSU student-athletes and provide benefits such as transportation or use of family property. This type of arrangement used to be commonplace across the country but is strictly prohibited by NCAA regulations.

A representative may provide a student-athlete with an occasional
meal, as long as it takes place at the home of the representative and
takes place only on special occasions (holidays).


As another recruiting period begins in January, the Compliance
Office would like to remind all coaches of important NCAA recruiting
regulations. The National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing date for
football, soccer and volleyball is February 2-5. This period is a dead period for these three sports.


The month of January is included in an evaluation period in which 40 days can be selected for evaluation activities. All other days not designated are quiet periods. Basketball coaches are limited to five recruiting opportunities with not more than three being contacts.


Except for certain periods (listed under Recruiting Calendar later in this issue) January is a contact period for football. Coaches are limited to seven in-person, off-campus contacts per prospect. There may only be contact with a prospect one time per week. Coaches may evaluate football prospects twice, once in May of the prospect’s junior year in high school and once in the fall of their senior year.

All other sports

Coaches are limited to not more that three contacts
and four evaluations of each prospect during the academic year.
Coaches who wish to offer prospects a grant-in-aid need to fill out a
preliminary grant-in-aid checklist. Also, if you are recruiting a foreign student-athlete, the Foreign Student-Athlete Wuestionnaire should be completed and returned prior to the prospect signing their grant-in-aid and National Letter of Intent. If coaches want to bring a prospect or transfer student to FSU for an official visit, you must provide the compliance office the following documentation prior to the visit:

1) Copy of the five visit notification

2) High school or junior college transcript

3) ACT or SAT test scores

The above information should be given to Compliance one week before the visit. This information is needed as soon as possible in order to have a complete file on the prospect prior to his/her arrival at FSU.


1) Prospects that make an unofficial visit to FSU are allowed how many complimentary tickets?

a) 1

b) 2

c) 3

d) 4

2) It is permissible for FSU coaches to participate in a golf tournament intended to raise money for high school graduates.

a) True

b) False

Submit answers by January 28.


Multiple Sport Athletes

If a prospect participates in more than one sport, one of which is
football or basketball, all staff members from FSU are permitted only one visity per week to the prospect’s educational institution. All visits to the prospects institution must take place on the same day. For example, a prospect who participates in football and track can be visited by both the track coach and the football coach (during a contact period) as long as the visits occur on the same day. If the football coach uses all seven of the permissible contacts without the track coach ever visiting this prospect, the track coach will not be able to visit the prospect. Also, this prospect is permitted only one official visity to FSU and it would count against the visit limitation for football.

Participation After Age 21

Any individual or team participation by a prospect after their 21st
birthday and prior to full-time enrollment will count as one season of
eligibility in that sport. A prospect who participates in an indoor or outdoor track meet or cross country race after age 21 is charged with one season of competition in the sport in which he/she participated.


ACC Rules on Partial Qualifiers

The Atlantic Coast Conference only allows FSU to admit four partial
qualifiers per year. Two of them can be used for men’s sports and two for women’s sports. They only allow one partial qualifier per sport in a given year. Coaches, if you believe that one of your prospects may be a partial qualifier, you need to speak with your sport oversight.

NCAA Convention

The annual NCAA Convention was held January 8-13 in Atlanta. This was the first convention since the restructuring of the NCAA. The Compliance Office will update everyone on all of the legislation changes in the February edition of the Interpreter.


Men’s Basketball
November 20 through March 15
*Evaluation Period
*40 Evaluation days selected at the
discretion of the coaching staff and
in writing in the Compliance Office.
Women’s Basketball
October 8 through February 28
*Evaluation Period
*40 Evaluation days selected at the
discretion of the coaching staff and
in writing in the Compliance Office.
December 24 through January 1
Contact Period
January 2 through January 3
Dead Period
January 4
Quiet Period
January 5 through January 7
Dead Period
January 8
Quiet Period
January 9 through January 31
Contact Period

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