April 2, 2001
With the summer almost upon us, it is time to address the subject of student-athlete summer employment. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that a student-athlete may receive legitimate summer employment earnings without any restriction on the amount of compensation received even if the student-athlete is attending summer school as a recipient of institutional financial aid. Further, such employment earnings are not considered in determining the amount of athletically related financial aid the student-athlete may receive for the summer term.
Despite the flexibility of this rule, 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. Also, athletic reputation of the student-athlete may in no way be used to promote the organization with whom he or she is employed.
The athletics department at FSU has worked diligently to facilitate employment opportunities for our student-athletes. Through these efforts, contacts have been established with numerous local organizations that are willing to provide jobs. A list of these employers can be obtained from the Compliance Office. With the exception of football, student-athletes may also be employed as counselors at sports camps or clinics, again, provided that there wages are in line with the going rate. In the sport of football, student-athletes may not be employed by his own institution’s football camp, however, it is permissible to be employed by a football camp at an institution other than his own.
Athletes and coaches should also be aware that Bylaw 184.108.40.206 precludes coaches as well as other representatives of the university from providing student-athletes with free transportation to and from summer jobs, unless it is the employer’s established policy to transport all employees to and from the job site.
It has only been three short months since the Orange Bowl, but the dawn of the the 2001 football season is already upon us. Coach Bowden is preparing his troops for battle once again, as the annual spring practices are underway.
NCAA Bylaw 17.10.6 states that fifteen postseason practice sessions (including intrasquad scrimmages and the spring game) are permissible, provided they are conducted within a period of 29 consecutive days, omitting vacations and exam periods. Only 12 of the 15 sessions during spring practices can involve contact, and there can be no contact prior to the third practice. The only piece of protective equipment allowed during these non-contact practices is headgear.
Of the 12 contact sessions allowed, eight sessions may involve tackling, and no more than three of the eight tackling sessions may be devoted primarily to 11 on 11 scrimmages. Tackling is prohibited in four of the 12 contact sessions. An institution may use its own discretion to determine the practice activities that may occur during the four contact nontackling session as well as the protective equipment to be worn by the student-athletes. The culminating event of spring practice, the spring game, is counted as one of the three sessions that can be devoted primarily to 11 on 11 scrimmages. As during the regular playing season, spring practice drills are subject to Ithe limitations of four hours per day and 20 hours per week.
NCAA Files Lawsuit
A federal judge in Virginia signed a temporary restraining order March 16 requiring BBF International to shut down two gambling-related Internet sites for unauthorized use of NCAA trademarks, including March Madness. The NCAA filed its suit against the company on March 16.
In its lawsuits, the NCAA alleges that the company is using NCAA trademarks without authorization and in connection with interactive gambling sites. The NCAA contends that use of its marks on the sites give the false impression that the sites are sponsored or approved by the Association. One of the websites also used pictures of student-athletes at NCAA member institutions.
From the Interpretation File
Bylaw 13.2 Offers and Inducements- General Regulations
An institution’s staff member or any representative of it’s athletics interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to the prospect or the prospect’s relatives or friends, other than expressly permitted by NCAA regulations. Additionally, institutions, staff members and representatives are precluded from giving or loaning athletics equipment or apparel (e.g. shooting shirts or warm-ups) to a prospect, even after a prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent. This remains the case for prospects participating in all-star games over the course of the summer. Violations will result in the prospect being declared ineligible to participate.
1) It is permissible for an institution to provide athletics equipment to a prospect who is participating in an all-star competition.
2) An institution may pay a fee required by the appropriate testing agency to obtain a prospect’s official ACT or SAT scores.
Submit your answers to the Compliance Office by April 30th!
……In the News
Major Violations Found At Kentucky:
The ongoing internal investigation at the University of Kentucky has revealed that an unspecified number of the more than three dozen violations committed by members of the football program are major infractions. The information was submitted to the NCAA Committee on Infractions last month in a 35-page report.
At the center of most of the violations is former recruiting coordinator Claude Bassett. Bassett was forced to resign last November after he admitted to sending $1,400 in money orders to a Memphis, Tennessee high school coach in an effort to ensure that the recruits would attend Kentucky.
Minnesota Completes Investigation Into Phone Scandal:
The University of Minnesota has completed its investigation into a telephone scandal involving 16 of the school’s football players. Between August 25th and November 29th of 2000, the athletes acquired a university telephone access code and proceeded to charged more than $1,900 in long-distance calls to the account.
The university reported the matter to the NCAA, however, school officials do not believe that the incident constitutes an “extra benefit”, nor do they believe that any of the athletes involved will be declared ineligible as a result.
A university spokesperson also stated that all charges have been repaid.
NCAA Places SUNY-Buffalo On Probation:
The State University of New York at Buffalo has been placed on two years probation by the NCAA for a host of violations committed by the men’s basketball program. Among the violations cited by the NCAA were illegal preseason practices, impermissible scouting of opponents, extra benefits, unethical conduct, and lack of institutional control.
The university was involved in a previous major infractions case in 1993. Violations in this case were within the time frame to be subject to the NCAA’s repeat violator provisions. The Committee on Infractions decided not to impose these penalties due to the fact that the cases were unrelated and involved different coaching staffs. Under repeat-violator bylaws, a school is subject to the “death penalty”, which would have resulted in the discontinuation of the basketball program a SUNY-Buffalo for a period of at least one year.
Minnix Featured on FSU TV
Bob Minnix, Associate AD for Compliance and Legal Services at FSU, will be featured on an upcoming segment of the campus television production Your Voice. Minnix will be on a panel of administrators discussing the issue of student-athlete compensation. The segment is scheduled to air on April 4, at 8:30 pm, and again on June 11th at 8:30 pm.
A recruiting seminar will be held from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, April 12th. The seminar will take place in the Rubber Room at Moore Athletic Center.
The seminar is an open forum in which coaches can discuss a variety of topics related to recruiting. All coaches are encouraged to attend.
The annual coaches certification exam will take place on April 27th in the Rubber Room at Moore Athletic Center. The annual exam is required of ALL coaches.
Practice exams were distributed to all coaching staffs last month. Any coach who has not yet received a practice exam should contact Pennie Parker at 644-4272.
Recruiting Calendar APRIL
Apr. 1- Apr. 3……………..Dead Period
Apr. 4- Apr. 5…………..Quiet Period
Apr. 6- Apr. 8……………Cont. Period
Apr. 9- Apr. 12………….Dead Period
Apr. 13- Apr. 20…………Cont. Period
Apr. 21- Apr. 30………. Quiet Period
Apr. 1- Apr. 2……………..Dead Period
Apr. 2- Apr. 8…………..Cont. Period
Apr. 9- Apr. 12………….Dead Period
Apr. 13- Apr. 30………..Quiet Period
Apr. 1- Apr. 14…………Quiet Period
Apr. 15-Apr. 30…………Eval. Period
Apr. 1-Apr. 8…….Cont./Eval Period
Apr. 9- Apr. 12…………Dead Period
Apr. 13- Apr. 30…Cont./Eval Period
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Director for Compliance and Legal Affairs
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Director of Compliance Services
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