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February, 1998

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance

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The NCAA held it’s annual convention January 8-13 in Atlanta, Georgia. This marked the first convention since the restructuring of the association. The centerpiece of the convention was the State of the Association address given by Executive Director Cedric Dempsey.

In his address Mr. Dempsey outlined his priorities for the NCAA
over the next five years.

1) Implementation of the new governance structure.

2) Manage the Association’s move to Indianapolis while still
maintaining their effectiveness.

3) Develop a public relations plan to enhance the NCAA mission, role,
challenges and achievements.

4) Balance the NCAA mission and values with marketing and promotional
activities. “In all our programs, we must be mindful of both the fiscal
imperatives and our responsibility to our mission,” said Dempsey.

5) Student-athlete interests is the most important priority according
to Mr. Dempsey. He said a continued dialog was necessary in order to give the student-athletes the ability to voice their opinions. He stated that schools need to continue to improve on academic services for their student-athletes to ensure that they have every opportunity to graduate. Along with academic successes, Mr. Dempsey encouraged schools to develop effective Life Skills programs. Mr. Dempsey wants the NCAA to review the term “amateurism” to determine if it places “unfair perceptions and unnecessary limitations on student-athletes.” Mr. Dempsey wrapped up his speech by stressing that schools should improve diversity within coaching


Student-Athlete Employment

The Division I Management Council has made some compromises and ammended Proposition 62 – Student-Athlete Employment. This ammended proposal will be voted on by the Board of Directors in it’s April meeting to become effective August 1, 1998.

Under the suggestion of a subcommittee working on this issue, the
Management Council modified Proposition 62 in the following ways:

  • There will be a $2,000 cap on earnings above and beyond a full
    Grant-in-Aid (GIA).
  • Athletics department or athletics interests should be permitted to
    intercede in order to secure employment for the student-athlete.
    The value of the cap ($2,000) will be considered noninstitutional aid and will not be counted in the team’s limits. However, if the student-athlete is hired to work in the athletic department their earnings will count against the sport’s limitations.

    Core-Course Change

    The following changes to the core-course certification process became
    effective February 1.

  • High school principals will now have the authority to determine what courses at their high schools meet NCAA core-course requirements.
  • There would have to be additional support, beyond the principal, if a new course was submitted as a core-course in the following manner:
  • If a high school wants a course approved retroactively for a student who
    has graduated.
  • When the course title suggests offerings that typically do not meet the
    75% instructional/content material.
  • When the course has been denied previously
    These changes will not effect the initial-eligibility standards but should expedite the Clearinghouse process because the NCAA will not have absolute authority in determining a high school’s core-courses.

    Basketball Recruiting

    The Management Council agreed that basketball recruiting issues needed to be looked at but more time was needed in order to be thorough. The
    following are their preliminary proposals:

  • Reduce the July evaluation period from 24 days to 14 and add the other 10 days to the academic year.
  • Develop more evaluation periods in October, April and May.
  • Coaches can only evaluate events that are sanctioned by the high school or junior college association if they are conducted outside the prospect’s normal season.
  • Change the September contact period to 18 days between September 5 and October 5.
  • Prohibit telephone contact with individuals involved with prospects innonscholastic basketball activities between April 1 and August 1. (i.e. AAU coaches)
  • Ammended the proposal that would have given coaches permission to call prospects once after June 15 of their junior year in high school. The date was switched to June 20 and made the effective date immediate. This could become effective this June if the Management Council and the Board of Directors approves it in April.
  • Permit coaches to make one phone call to a prospect between April 24 and May 15.

    Approved Legislation

  • The Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Continuing Eligibility Issues now has authority to grant a partial qualifier a fourth year of eligibility if the student-athlete completes their degree requirements after the start of their fifth year of enrollment. This waiver will only be granted if the student-athlete was just short of completing the requirements after their fourth year for reasons beyond their control (i.e. illness of professor).
  • Twelve days in spring football practice may involve contact provided contact does not begin before the third practice. Full contact, 11 on 11 sessions are limited to three of the 12 sessions and tackling may occur in only eight sessions.


    1) Military Service in a foreign country is a permissible exception to the application of the five-year clock?

    a) True

    b) False

    2) All international student-athletes have to have taxes withheld
    from the room and board portion of the athletic Grant-In-Aid?

    a) True

    b) False

    Please submit answers by February 27.


    The NCAA recently filed a petition to have the case invoving the
    restricted earnings coaching position reheard by the U.S. Court of
    Appeals. On January 25, the court upheld the district court ruling that said the NCAA was in violation of federal antitrust laws by capping the earnings of these coaches.

    The NCAA has based their petition on three points:

  • The appeals court overlooked the distinctions between output restraints (forbidding schools to sell certain broadcast rights) and input restraints (limiting pay of certain coaches). The NCAA claims that these input restraints have never been considered anticompetitive before.
  • The coaches did not have to effectively show the anticompetitve effect of the limit on salaries
  • The NCAA was precluded from showing the “market” for these coaches in order to asses if the limits were anticompetitive.


    Men’s Basketball
    November 20 through March 15, 1998
    *Evaluation Period (40 days)
    March 16 through March 22
    Contact Period
    March 23 through April 1(8:00 am)
    Quiet Period*
    *Except: March 26 through March 31(noon):	
    Dead Period
    Women’s Basketball
    October 8 through February 28,1998
    *Evaluation Period (40 days)
    March 1 through March 24
    Contact Period* (8 days)
    March 25 through March 30 (noon)
    Dead Period
    March 30 (noon) through April 5
    Contact Period
    Those days not designated 
    Quiet Period
    February 6 through April 30
    Quiet Period

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