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July 2000

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Student-Athlete Employment

The 2000-01 academic year is rapidly approaching, and soon, the lazy days of summer will give rise to crisp autumn afternoons. When the fall semester arrives, with it will come hundreds of student-athletes, many of whom will be looking for ways to earn a few extra dollars to make it through the year. Yes, it seems that grants-in-aid don’t go quite as far as they used to, so for those who will be involved in securing employment for student-athletes, now is the time to get re-acquainted with the rules that pertain to this issue.

According to NCAA Bylaw 15.2.6.1, a Division I student-athlete may receive earnings from legitimate on or off-campus employment, provided those earnings do not exceed $2,000 above the value of a full grant-in-aid.

When considering student-athlete employment, however, one must keep in mind that all other rules and regulations governing the employment of student-athletes apply. This includes Bylaw 12.4.1, which states that any compensation must be for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.

Compliance Summit Recap

The members of the Compliance office recently attended the Fourth Annual State of Florida Compliance Summit held in Tampa this year. Many topics were discussed including; Academic Fraud, Sports Agent Issues and new NCAA Legislation. Included among the guest speakers were; Chuck Smrt, former NCAA director of enforcement and current president of The Compliance Group; Paul Griffin, Director of Athletics at the University of South Florida; members of the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation; and the closing speaker was Steve Mallonee, the NCAA’s Director of Membership Services. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn and share information for everyone in attendance.

Preseason Do’s and Don’ts

The preseason is almost upon us for fall sports, and as coaches begin their preparation for the upcoming season, there are a number of distinctions with regard to preseason activities of which you should all be mindful. NCAA Bylaw 17.1.6.3 states that daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to countable athletically related activities that occur during preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever occurs first.

A second distinction specific to the preseason is that institutions are also not required to provide student-athletes with one day off per week during pre-season practices that occur before the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, according to Bylaw 17.1.6.4.3.

Scrimmages and exhibition games are also undoubtedly a part of preseason preparation, however, according to Bylaw 17.1.6.5.2, off-campus intrasquad games and publicized practices that are conducted at a site not normally used by the institution are prohibited for all sports. Also, all exhibition games, regardless of location, must be certified by the institution, so before scheduling any exhibitions, be sure to inform the compliance office of these contests.

Comings and Goings

  • The compliance office recently lost one of its valued staff members when graduate assistant, John Lata, accepted a full-time position in the Life Skills Department. As the senior GA on staff, John had assumed numerous areas of responsibility. Though his contributions will certainly be missed, the compliance office wishes him the best of luck in his new position. John began work in his new position on July 10.

  • Graduate Assistant Reggie Gonser, editor of The Interpreter, is currently on a one-month hiatus from the compliance office. Reggie will be spending the month of July in Kansas City, Missouri where he is completing an internship with the IMG Sports Agency firm.

  • The compliance office recently added for new graduate assistants for the summer. The new GA’s, Sarah Capie, Jill Gran, Todd Hairston, and Rob Slavis all began work in June and have helped to fill the void created by the recent turnover.

    From the Interpretation File

    Bylaw 12.4.1.1: Athletics Reputation:

    Compensations may not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame, or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability.

    Bylaw 17.02.11.4: First Practice Opportunity:

    The first day of practice is determined by counting backward from the first day of the first permissible regularly scheduled contest. For example, in the sport of football, practice may be held on the day that the 29th practice opportunity would occur, counting backward from the first permissible regularly scheduled contest.

    Contest Questions

    1) May a student-athlete receive compensation for providing lessons in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis prior to enrollment at a collegiate institution?

    a) Yes

    b) No

    2) Are Two-a-day workouts permissible during the preseason only in the sport of football?

    a) Yes
    b) No

    Submit your answers to the Compliance Office by July 31st!

    ……In the News

    McNeese State Releases Gambling Report on Former Head Football Coach :

    The other shoe finally dropped last week on former McNeese State football coach Kirby Bruchhaus, when an independent investigator hired by McNeese released his report on the two year probe into the alleged gambling of Bruchhaus. The finding of the report confirmed allegations that Bruchhaus violated NCAA rules by placing bets on college and pro football games. Bruchhaus had denied the allegations.

    Presently, the Southland Conference has no intentions of placing sanctions on McNeese, according to commissioner Greg Sankey. The NCAA has yet to indicate what actions, if any, it will take in the case as they are still awaiting receipt of the report. Sankey stated, however, that NCAA officials have led him to believe that they are satisfied with how the school handled the investigation, and that any wrongdoing found against McNeese would likely be considered a secondary violation and would not carry a heavy penalty.

    UNLV to Appear Before Committee on Infractions on Odom Case:

    The saga continues in the seemingly endless case of the NCAA vs. UNLV. In the most recent dispute, the NCAA alleges that former star recruit Lamar Odom, was given up to $5,600 in cash, as well as clothes and other benefits by a university booster upon his arrival on the UNLV campus in June of 1997. Odom, who now plays for the NBA .s Los Angeles Clippers, had his letter-of-intent and enrollment cancelled before ever playing a game for the Runnin’ Rebels. Since leaving the school, however, Odom has admitted accepting numerous gifts and payments while being recruited. UNLV recently acknowledged that improper contact was made with Odom during his recruitment, including booster payments. The school contends, however, that these benefits were provided only after Odom had been released from his letter-of-intent, thereby reducing the admitted infractions to the level of secondary violations.

    Sanctions will almost certainly be forthcoming in light of UNLV’s admission, but the severity of these penalties will be determined next month when the school will appear before the Committee on Infractions. The hearing is scheduled for August 11-13, with penalties to be announced about six weeks thereafter.

    Important Reminders

  • All coaches who are conducting pre-season practice, please be sure to obtain a Form-9 for room and board.

  • Coaches, please be sure to provide Brian Battle with schedules, preliminary rosters, and a list of potential walk-ons for your sports.

  • Coaches, please remember to schedule a meeting with, or call Brian Battle to establish playing and practice seasons for your respective sports.

  • Coaches, please be aware that all transfer student-athletes must have been granted their final release from their previous institution prior to the first day of practice in order to be eligible for competition.

  • Please notify Pennie Parker of all coaching and administrative changes in your respective departments.

    Recruiting Calendar July

    Men’s Basketball

    July 1 – July 7………….Quiet Period

    July 8 – July 31………..Eval. Period

    Women’s Basketball

    July 1 – July 7………….Quiet Period

    July 8 – July 31………..Eval. Period

    Football

    July 1 – July 31 ………Quiet Period

    Softball

    July 1 – July 31 &Cont./Eval. Period

    COMPLIANCE STAFF

    Mr. Bob Minnix – Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Legal Affairs

    Ms. Pennie Parker – Director of Compliance Services

    Mr. Brian Battle – Compliance Coordinator

    This edition of The Interpreter was edited by Todd Hairston. All comments should be directed to The Interpreter, P.O. Drawer 2195, Tallahassee, FL 32316, phone (850) 644-0963,

    or by e-mail at: toddhairston@msn.com

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