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April, 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 back to the main page, then click “University“, then “NCAA Compliance“, or feel free to call the office at

(850) 644-4272.

END OF THE YEAR EXIT INTERVIEWS

Those student-athletes who have exhausted their

eligibility must complete an exit interview during the course of their final semester. The NCAA (Bylaw 6.3.2) requires the institution’s director of athletics, or designated representative (excluding coaching staff) shall conduct exit interviews in each sport with a sample of student-athletes (as determined by the institution) whose eligibility has expired.

At Florida State, the Office of Life Skills has assumed

responsible for the exit interviews, and ALL student-athletes at FSU are

to be interviewed. Life Skills matches each student-athlete with an

athletic administrator who will conduct the interview. The general

purpose of these interviews is to allow the student-athlete an opportunity to express their feelings about FSU as a whole, including athletic and academic questions. This information is documented, and used to improve the experience of being a Seminole student-athlete.

Some of the questions that may be asked of the student-

athletes include the extent of the athletic time demands, concern related to the coaching of their sport, administration of the athletic department, NCAA rules and regulations and proposed changes to these rules. More importantly, the administrator will gauge the impact of the student’s athletics experience. These interviews are important to assure the continued success of Florida State athletics, and should be considered a priority.

SUMMER CAMPS AND CLINICS

Summer camps and clinics that are conducted on FSU’s campus are under the exclusive ownership of the head coach who incorporates their camp or clinic. Each coach has a moral and legal responsibility for the care and supervision of each camper, as well as the protection of the university. Some keys to help with this responsibility includes:



  • Securing the necessary medical and dental insurance coverage for the campers.

  • Securing insurance benefits covering liability for premises rented to the coaches from the university.

  • The head coach is responsible for the rental arrangements of university facilities, and for hiring the necessary personnel to conduct the camp or clinic.

  • The camp or clinic must be incorporated. This helps absolve the

    university from legal claim by the camp’s participants.

  • Camps cannot be conducted during your sports dead period.

  • Other recruiting calendar restrictions do not apply to your coaching staff.

  • A coach from another institution however, is subject to the appropriate contact and evaluation periods while attending your camp.

  • A prospect may receive awards from the camp, with the understanding that the cost of the award is included in the admission fee charged.

  • Current student-athletes may work at your camp provided coaching or

    officiating assignments represent notmore that one-half of the

    student-athlete’s work time.

  • It is not permissible to establish varying levels of compensation to student-athletes based on their level of athletic skill.

  • Transportation may be provided to a camper, as long as it is provided for all campers.

    Prospects must pay their own admission to the camp, and cannot be

    offered a discounted rate.

    Good luck with your summer camps and remember to check with the Compliance

    Office if you have any questions.

    CONTEST QUESTIONS

    1. As a coach, I can attend a summer camp at another institution, and have contact with a prospect without it

    counting against my recruiting calendar restrictions.

    a) True

    b) False

    2. An institution cannot release to any outside party,

    a student-athlete’s transcript, grades, or academic

    progress report.

    a) True

    b) False

    Please submit answers by April 29.

    FROM THE INTERPRETATION FILE

    A college football coach was attending a high school game in which his daughter was a cheerleader. During the course of the game, the radio announcers spotted the head coach in the stands and summoned him to the booth. The announcers proceeded to ask him questions regarding the college team he coaches, purposely avoiding talking about the performance of the high school team and it’s players, as this would be an obvious NCAA violation. What the coach was unfamiliar with was Bylaw 13.11.3.1 which states that a member of the athletics staff may not serve as an announcer or commentator for a high school, or two year college’s contest, or appear in any capacity on radio or television broadcasts of such contests. The

    coach and broadcasters were however aware of Bylaw 13.11.2 which prohibits an athletic staff member from commenting on a prospects athletic ability, the contribution that a prospect might make to a university’s team, or the likelihood that an individual may sign with the university.

    ……IN THE NEWS

    University of Texas

    A former assistant men’s basketball coach may have violated federal law by releasing a grade report of a student-athlete to a radio station. The federal law in question is the Buckley Amendment to the Federal Privacy Act of 1972, which protects a students right to privacy. Records such as drug test results, grades or transcripts, progress reports, test scores, and financial aid statements cannot be released to any party, for any purpose without the students written consent. University of Texas officials and the District Attorney’s office are investigating.


    Northwestern University

    A university self-study into gambling by student-athletes revealed that two former Northwestern basketball players conspired to shave points, and a former Northwestern football player conspired to fix the outcome of basketball games. The former football player allegedly paid the two basketball players an undisclosed amount to shave points from three Big Ten basketball games. All three have been indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Another former Northwestern football player has been charged with running a campus bookmaking operation that accepted bets from numerous Northwestern student-athletes. A co-conspirator who was involved with the

    bookmaking operation was a former football player at Notre Dame. A

    Northwestern reserve basketball player also agreed to participate in the point shaving scheme but has not yet been indicted. One of the indicted Northwestern basketball players was suspended for several games the previous season for gambling on college football games.



    Florida A&M University

    An assistant football coach has been dismissed for possible NCAA rule

    violations, which include arranging for an agent to make rent payments for a players father. The former coach allegedly paid $450 on the fathers behalf, arranged for the agent to make a rent payment, and arranged for a mutual acquaintance to pay $470 in utility bills for the father and student-athlete. Florida A&M’s self-imposed penalties include freezing the recruiting budget for a year, and eliminating two scholarships.

    BRAD HOSTETTER ACCEPTS COMPLIANCE POSITION AT WEBER STATE

    Former Florida State Compliance Graduate Assistant Brad Hostetter has

    accepted the position of Compliance Coordinator at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Weber State is a Division I-AA member of the Big Sky Conference which sponsors 13 sports. Brad received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Cincinnati in 1996, where he was a standout for the Bearcats baseball team. Brad also received a master’s degree in Sport Administration from Florida State University in August 1997. Brad has interned with the Compliance Office for the past two

    years, where his hard work and dedication has prepared him well for his

    chosen endeavors. Join us in wishing Brad good luck!

    CURRENT RECRUITING CALENDAR

    
    Men's Basketball
    
    April 1 through April 5:  Contact Period
    
    April 6 through April 9:  Dead Period
    
    April 10 through April 15:  Contact Period
    
    April 16 through May 31:  Quiet Period
    
    Women's Basketball
    
    March 30 through April 5:  Contact Period
    
    April 6 through April 9:  Dead Period
    
    April 10 through May 31:  Quiet Period
    
    Football
    
    February 6 through April 30:  Quiet Period
    
    



    The Interpreter is published by FSU Compliance Graduate Assistant Don Oberhelman . To obtain a copy of the monthly newsletter, or for questionsor comments, please contact The Interpreter, P.O. Drawer 2195, Tallahassee, FL 32316, (850) 644-4390 or on-line at djo7287@mailer.fsu.edu

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