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March, 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.

NCAA TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS ON GAMBLING ISSUE


Bill Saum, the NCAA gambling and agent representative, testified
before Congress on February 2nd regarding federal legislation dealing with Internet gambling. On February 3rd, Saum and NCAA Executive Director Cedric Dempsey discussed sports gambling with the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.

Internet gambling has become increasingly popular because it is
not regulated by the U.S. Government and is run on islands in the
Caribbean. Bill McCollum, the Subcommittee on Crime Chairperson, stated that Internet gambling “circumvents state laws, increases opportunities for fraud that cannot be effectively prosecuted and lacks safeguards…”

The House of Representatives is sponsoring a bill to prohibit
gambling over the Internet. The NCAA strongly supports this bill and
has offered to work with the Subcommittee on making the legislation
effective. Saum is encouraged by the bill stating that it “would make it more difficult for Internet gambling operations, as well as individuals who gamble, to evade enforcement.” Saum went on to tell the Subcommittee that this law would help law enforcement officials prosecute criminals because the problem now is that most of these people are outside the U.S.

Saum and Dempsey told the Washington Higher Education Secretariat
that colleges need to be educated more on gambling. This includes all
constituents on campus and not just student-athletes. Dempsey believes that if campuses put the same effort into curbing gambling that they did with alcohol in the 1980’s many effective programs can be put in place quickly.

ACC SPRING COMPLIANCE MEETING HELD


The 1998 ACC Spring Compliance Meeting was held February 24 at
Wake Forest University. Attending from Florida State were Dr. Brian Mand and Sheila Benton.

Part of the morning was spent going over the news from the NCAA
Convention held in January concerning employment, Core Course evaluation and the proposed basketball recruiting changes. Updates on these subjects can be found in the February Interpreter.

There are some amendments to a few of the ACC Operating Bylaws
that were discussed. One of these deals with the ACC Baseball
Championships. If the tournament is not completed, the number one seed will receive the automatic qualification for the NCAA regionals. However, if the tournament has begun and only one undefeated team remains when the cancellation occurs that team will be awarded the automatic bid.

Another change deals with the suspension of a football game that
cannot be completed. The status of the game will now be determined by the Commissioner’s office. The ACC wanted to make this process easier than the previous process. The previous policy was to have the seven
non-competing athletic directors meet by conference call to decide whether the game should be resumed at a later date or declare a winner.

The ACC Intra-Conference Transfer Rule was also slightly modified.
The provision that a transfer student-athlete must be a full counter
toward the applicable team scholarship limits will be deleted.

There was also an emphasis put on the gambling issue at the
conference. It is important to realize that the NCAA not only opposes
illegal gambling but also legal gambling activities. The NCAA feels that gambling has the potential to undermine the integrity of amateur sports. Gambling may also jeopardize a student-athlete’s welfare because of the involvement of organized crime in gambling activities. The NCAA is adding a clarification to Bylaw 10.3 that states that pools and fantasy leagues where entry fees are charged are clearly prohibited.

FROM THE INTERPRETATION FILE


Spring Football

Spring football practice may consist of 15 practice sessions
within a period of 29 days. These practice sessions are subject to the four hour per day and 20 hours per week limitations on
countable athletically-related activities.

Any day in which countable athletically-related activities occur
or take place (i.e. required conditioning, practice, review of game film) must be counted as one of the 15 sessions. Workouts that are voluntary would not count against the weekly and daily hour limitations and can be monitored by the strength staff to ensure safety. Remember, these sessions must be voluntary.

Booster Functions

FSU coaches may appear at Seminole Booster gatherings and discuss
recent signees provided the following rules are followed:

  • FSU has already provided a news release to normal media outlets
    announcing those prospects who have signed.
  • The gathering is not held at the same time as a public announcement by a prospect of his or her intention to come to FSU.
  • The gathering is closed to the working media.

    CONTEST QUESTIONS


    1) A nonqualifier in their first academic year may serve as a student host during a prospect’s official visit?

    a) True

    b) False


    2) It is permissible for two-year college transfers who have not
    received their AA degree, but have signed with FSU, to use the academic support services (i.e. computers and tutors) here at FSU while they are completing their AA degree.

    a) True

    b) False


    Please submit answers by
    March 27.

    COMPLIANCE ISSUES IN THE NEWS


    University of Colorado

    The University of Colorado must forfeit all five of it’s victories from the 1997 football season. The school discovered that an ineligible player participated in games.

    The student-athlete in question first enrolled in 1992 at
    Colorado, starting his five year clock. However, he transferred and
    participated in one game at another school in 1993. He then transferred back to Colorado where he sat out one year and participated three more years there, with 1997 being the last year. He had thought he received a medical hardship for his year at the other school but it was never granted. That technically did not matter because his five year clock had expired at the end of the 1996 season making him ineligible for the 1997 season.

    University of Notre Dame

    As many as 12 Notre Dame football players are suspected to have received gifts and extra benefits. The gifts include jewelry, clothing and trips. The university denies that the gifts are an extra benefit because there is a pre-existing relationship between the student-athletes and the woman suspected of providing the gifts. However, the woman did travel to Dublin, Ireland and Hawaii for football games and is a member of the Notre Dame Quarterback Club. She is accused of embezzling money from a business where she was fired. Checks written for Notre Dame tickets, jewelry and trips showed up on the business’ account. The school claims that there was no link found between the embezzlement and the
    student-athletes.

    Purdue University

    The NCAA will continue their investigation of Purdue’s basketball program two years after the investigation started. The investigation centers around recruiting and extra benefit violations.

    A booster is suspected to have set up a $4,000 loan for a recruit
    that did not need to be repaid. Another booster is alleged to have
    provided the same recruit small cash gifts. Also, a player’s mother may have received moving expenses and transportation to more than two dozen games over a two-year period. The NCAA alleges that an assistant coach was involved in one way or another in all of the violations.

    DID YOU KNOW?!?


    The NCAA recently filed a petition to have the case involving 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.

    MARCH RECRUITING CALENDAR


    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
    
    Football
    February 6 through April 30
    Quiet Period
    



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