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October, 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
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Louisville Narrowly Avoids Death Penalty

The Division I Committee on Infractions has placed the men’s basketball program at the University of Louisville on three years probation and banned the team from participating in postseason competition for the 1998-99 season.

Violations occurred in both men’s basketball and women’s volleyball. The violatons concerned bylaws on extra benefits, recruiting, financial aid, institutional control and ethical conduct.

The committee also reduced the number of financial aid awards in both sports and imposed NCAA “show-cause” requirements on a former assistant women’s volleyball coach (8/9/03) and a former assistant men’s basketball coach (8/9/01).

Louisville had previously been placed on probation on September 21, 1996 for recruiting and extra benefits violations in men’s basketball, and therefore could have incurred the NCAA’s repeat-violator (death) penalty.

Within two months of receiving the 1996 sentence, the men’s basketball coach had, according to the NCAA, arranged for the father of a student-athlete to live at a local motel at a reduced rate for two months. The coach also left his credit card with the motel as a guarantee that the father would pay an outstanding bill.

The volleyball violations involved an assistant using camp funds to pay the health insurance of a prospective student-athlete and providing local auto transportation. Additionally two prospects were provided with dormitory housing during the summer as the penalties were about to be handed down.

About this same time the head women’s volleyball coach arranged for an out-of-season tryout/practice for prospective and enrolled student-athletes.

In June of 1996, an assistant women’s volleyball coach arranged for a prospective student-athlete to receive dental treatment free of charge.

Louisville’s self-imposed penalties on the volleyball program included: refusing to renew the assistant volleyball coach’s contract, suspending the head volleyball coach for one month, freezing her salary for one year, and placing her on probation for two years, and sent letters of reprimand to both coaches.

The NCAA also imposed penalties of; cancellation of the volleyball team’s 1997 preseason competition in Japan, forfeiture of all 1996 victories, and a one visit reduction in official visits for ’97-’98. Due to lack of institutional control, the team also received; public reprimand and censure, three years of probation, a reduction of three permissible financial aid awards during the ’98-’99 and ’99-’00 academic years with a reduction of at least one scholarship during each year.

The University of Louisville imposed sanctions on their men’s basketball team including; sending letters of reprimand to both the head and assistant coach, placing the assistant coach on probation and freezing his salary, as well as requiring both he and the head coach to submit monthly reports and attend all monthly compliance meetings.

Additionally, the NCAA imposed sanctions including; a ban on postseason play for the ’98-’99 season, and prohibition of preseason play for the same period, and the reduction by one in the number of financial aid awards allowed for a two year period beginning in ’98-’99.

Texas A&M Forfeits Game

Texas A&M (No. 17 at the time) has been forced to forfeit this season’s 28-7 victory over Louisiana Tech due to a “clerical error” in the A&M registrar’s office that allowed their star running back D’Andre Hardeman to play in two games while ineligible.

Texas A&M stressed that this error was clerical in nature and that no Big 12 or NCAA violations were discovered. Hardeman was the team’s third-leading rusher last year and had scored three touchdowns against Tech. Team officials said that since Hardeman has not yet redshirted, he might be able to qualify for another year. Texas A&M now stands at 1-2.

Staff Changes in the Compliance Office

Pennie Parker has been named the new Director of Compliance for Florida State University. She most recently was the Compliance Director at Jacksonville University. Her first day on the job will be October 5th. Please drop by to welcome Pennie to Tallahassee.

From the Interpretation File

Bylaw 11.6.1.1 The NCAA prohibits Division I basketball, football and women’s volleyball from off-campus, in-person scouting of opponents. Scouting will occur through the mutual exchange of films and/or videotapes. This bylaw also prohibits an institution from paying a professional scout to performing the duties for them. Nor is it allowable for an institution to purchase or receive a game film from an outside entity (other than from an institution that previously played the team).

It is permissible for a team to pay for a coach to attend a tournament in which the institution is a participant. At which time the individual may scout future tournament opponents without being subject to the scouting prohibition.

Bylaw 13.4.1. The NCAA prohibits institutions from including color attachments to e-mail messages sent to prospective student-athletes, therefore, attachments to general correspondence may include materials printed only on plain white paper with black ink.

Contest Questions

1) An Athletic’s Representative or Athletic Department member is allowed to help a full scholarship student-athlete find a job.

a) True

b) False

2) A Division I student-athlete may practice more than 20 hours a week under certain conditions.

a) True

b) False

Please submit answers to the Compliance Office by October 31.

……In the News

Drug testing results for 1997 improved from the previous year. The percentage of NCAA student-athletes ruled ineligible due to positive drug tests decreased from 1996 to 1997. Once again the majority of positives resulted from either anabolic steroids or masking agents. Street drugs were the cause of the next highest incidence of positives. Finally, failure to show up for drug tests caused a number of student-athletes to be disqualified.

On July 23, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued it’s definition of the requirements of Title IX which indicate that spending on men’s and women’s athletic scholarships should be within one percent of the total participation ranges of each sex in campus athletics programs, or within one scholarship. In the OCR letter from Mary Frances O’Shea, OCR’s National Coordinator of Title IX Athletics, it was stated that “there will be a strong presumption that an unexplained disparity of more than 1 percent is in violation of the ‘substantially proportionate’ requirement.” Prior to the issuance of this letter it was believed that a 5 percent variation was acceptable. However Val Bonnette, a former Title IX consultant and OCR investigator stated that the “clarification” was actually a rewriting of the OCR’s requirements, and as such they are “enforcing a policy that is counter to their written policy, and I believe it is of questionable legality for them to do so.”

The marching bands from Prairie View A&M and Southern University were suspended recently by Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Rudy Washington. They will miss their next two football games after a 20 minute brawl among the musicians. The halftime fight during the schools’ neutral-site game Saturday, September 19th resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to both instruments and uniforms. In an interesting addendum, the Prairie View football team ended an 80-game losing skid without their marching band present.

Marcus Ray, a defensive back on co-national champion Michigan’s football team, and a second team All-American last year, has been indefinitely suspended while under investigation for contact with an agent. Ray, a fifth year senior who started every game last year is no stranger to trouble, having pleaded guilty to using a credit card without the owner’s consent in 1995.

A new professional basketball league, the Collegiate Professional Basketball League is planning to debut in 1999. The CPBL is starting with just eight teams of players between the ages of 18 and 22. Players will be offered a $17,000 annual salary, a $5,000 signing bonus, and tuition money to the college of their choice for up to four years after leaving the league. League founder Paul McMann stated, “We will recruit players just as colleges do, but offer better packages. The NCAA is our biggest competition.”

Craig McKenzie, general counsel and chairman of basketball operations stated, “I think that colleges will be forced to do more for the players by providing a stipend or annuity.”

Phone Logs

Coaches – Just a reminder that Phone Logs are due on the first of every month and will be considered late after October 5th. If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Compliance Office ASAP. Thanks for your cooperation.

Recruiting Calendar


OCTOBER

Men’s Basketball

1-31……………………………… Quiet Period

Women’s Basketball

1-7……………………………….. Quiet Period

October 8 – February 28, 1999: Quiet period except for November 9-12 (dead period) and for 40 evaluation days selected at the discretion of the institution and designated in writing in the office of the director of athletics; institutional staff members shall not visit a prospect’s educational institution on more than one day per week during this period.

Football

September 1 through November 30: Quiet Period, except for nine evaluation days in September, October and November selected at the discretion of the institution (an authorized off-campus recruiter may visit a particular high school only once during this evaluation period).

COMPLIANCE STAFF

Mr. Bob Minnix

Associate Athletic

Director for Compliance

Ms. Pennie Parker

Director of Compliance Services

Mr. Brian Battle

Compliance Coordinator

The Interpreter is published by John Lata. All comments should be directed to The Interpreter, P.O. Drawer 2195, Tallahassee, FL 32316, phone (850) 644-4390, or by e-mail at: JWL5393@ garnet.acns.fsu.edu



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