Daily Compliance Item- 3/16/12- Current Event

North Carolina, NCAA address monitoring social media


Given the role social networking played in North Carolina’s football infractions, both the university and the NCAA addressed the difficulties involved in monitoring an athlete’s online activities.

The NCAA announced Monday that North Carolina’s football program is banned from a bowl game in 2012 and must forfeit 15 scholarships over a three-year period. The NCAA investigation found the football program had committed nine major violations involving academic fraud, improper benefits and former assistant coach John Blake acting as an agent.

As a result, the university updated its guidelines for athletes. Athletes are notified that at least one coach or administrator has been assigned to monitor sites regularly, evaluating postings that identify possible improper extra benefits or agent-related activities. The policy specifies a range of sanctions for violations, including the loss of scholarship and dismissal from the team.

UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said monitoring social media is difficult given its changing nature.

“As all these cases transpire, there’s new findings and new things you have to try to prevent in the future,” Cunningham said in a news media teleconference.

According to the NCAA report, the school failed to “consistently monitor the social networking activity of its student-athletes.” The report stated that in one instance an athlete’s site would have alerted the school to certain violations in dealings with agents and runners.

The report said, “While we do not impose an absolute duty upon member institutions to regularly monitor such sites, the duty to do so may arise as part of an institution’s heightened awareness when it has or should have a reasonable suspicion of rules violations.”

Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA and chair of the committee on infractions, said, “To expect the university to monitor social networking sites of all their student athletes is too much.”

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Daily Compliance Item- 3/15/12- 13.4.1

The women’s basketball team at Ocean State University is hosting first and second round games this weekend. Ticket sales have not been great, so the institution would like to do one last marketing push to sell tickets. The institution decides to reach out to area high schools and provide information on the tournament. Is it permissible for Ocean State University to provide a ticket brochure for the tournament to all the local high school basketball coaches and administrators?

Yes with conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 2/24/98- Ticket Brochure/Flyer Promoting NCAA Championship- states that a member institution that is hosting any portion of an NCAA Championship may send a ticket application to a high-school coach/administrator, but not to specific prospects, provided:

♦The application includes only information relevant to the championship;
♦The application is available to the general public, including all high schools in the local area; and
♦The application contains no information related to the institution’s athletics program.

The subcommittee noted that under such circumstances, such an item would not be considered a recruiting item. [Reference: NCAA Bylaw 13.4.1 (recruiting materials)]

Daily Compliance Item- 3/14/12- Institutional Aid

Trip Ell is a baseball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Trip is not on athletic aid, but he is receiving an institutional scholarship based on his academic success. As part of the application for this scholarship, Trip was asked to list his achievements and extracurricular activities. Trip included both athletic and academic accomplishments. Since the application did not specifically request information related to Trip’s athletic participation and the selection committee will not use such information when determining scholarship recipients, can OSU certify that this scholarship is unrelated to athletics ability and therefore not consider Trip to be a counter for the baseball team?

Yes. NCAA Official Interpretation- 3/12/12- Certification of Institutional Aid Unrelated to Athletics Ability (I)- states that an institution is not permitted to certify that a student-athlete’s institutional financial aid is unrelated in any degree to athletics ability if the student-athlete’s athletics participation or achievements are criteria specifically requested as part of the application process for such aid. An institution may certify that the student-athlete’s aid is unrelated in any degree to athletics ability (even if the student-athlete lists athletics participation or achievements as part of his or her extracurricular activities), provided such factors were not specifically requested as part of the application process and were not taken into consideration in awarding the institutional aid to the student-athlete.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.5.1 (counters), (no athletics aid — certification required), (football or basketball, varsity competition); and a staff interpretation (09/12/11, Item No. a), which has been archived]

PLEASE NOTE: There are several secondary violations posted on LSDBi involving certification of non-countable financial aid. Institutions need to make sure that the official certification of a student-athlete’s noncounter status is completed by the institution prior to the first competition…this includes obtaining signatures on the designated forms.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/13/12- Sports Wagering

With this week commencing NCAA postseason basketball tournaments, all institutional/conference staff members (including full-time, part-time, and student workers) are reminded that it is not permissible to engage in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through the Internet, a bookmaker, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling. 
This prohibition also includes participation in NCAA/NIT Tournament Bracket sheets in which an entry fee is required and money or any item of tangible value may be won.  Previous NCAA major infractions cases involving staff members’ participation in organized gambling activities have resulted in a number of institutional corrective actions, including termination of employment. 
For more information concerning sports wagering, please visit the NCAA’s interactive sports wagering website at http://www.dontbetonit.org.
NCAA Bylaw 10.02.1 Sports Wagering

Sports wagering includes placing, accepting or soliciting a wager (on a staff member’s or student-athlete’s own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type with any individual or organization on any intercollegiate, amateur or professional team or contest.  Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize.  (Adopted:  4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)
NCAA Bylaw 10.02.2 Wager

A wager is any agreement in which an individual or entity agrees to give up an item of value (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) in exchange for the possibility of gaining another item of value.  (Adopted:  4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

The following individuals shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to
individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur
or professional athletics competition:
(Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)
(a) Staff members of an institution’s athletics department;
(b) Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department
(e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletics representative, individual to whom athletics reports);
(c) Staff members of a conference office; and
(d) Student-athletes.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/12/12-

Ocean State University women’s basketball team will be participating in the NCAA tournament this weekend.  The first and second round site where they will be competing is located in the same city as the institution.  Consequently, they will not have to travel for this event.

Since the team will not be traveling, is it still permissible to provide them with an incidental expense allowance ($30/day) during their participation in the tournament?

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/21/11- Incidental Expenses at NCAA Championships, National Governing Body Championships in Emerging Sports and Postseason Bowl Games Conducted in Locale of Participating Institution (I)- states that an institution participating in anNCAA championship or National Governing Body championship in an emerging sport conducted in the locale of the institution (i.e., the proximity of the competition site to the institution does not necessitate travel) may provide up to $30 per day to each member of the squad to cover unitemized incidental expenses during a period not to exceed the maximum number of days of per diem allowed for the involved championship as established by the applicable sport committee. In football, an institution participating in a postseason bowl game conducted in the locale of the institution may provide up to $30 per day to each member of the squad for a period not to exceed 10 days, beginning not earlier than the day that the institution’s football team begins official practice for the bowl game.
[References: NCAA Bylaw (incidental expenses at NCAA championships, national governing body championships in emerging sports and licensed bowl games); and an official interpretation (08/02/00, Item No. 1), which has been archived]
NCAA Bylaw  Incidental Expenses at NCAA Championships, NGB Championships in Emerging Sports and Licensed Bowl Games-  An institution may provide $30 per day to each member of the squad to cover unitemized incidental expenses during travel and practice for NCAA championship events or national governing body championship events in emerging sports, during a period limited to the maximum number of days of per diem allowed for the involved championship, or, for licensed postseason bowl contests, for a period not to exceed 10 days. The $30 per day may be provided only after the institution’s team departs for or reports to the site of the championship or postseason bowl contest.  [R](Revised: 1/16/93, 1/10/95, 1/14/97, 2/1/05, 4/28/11 effective 8/1/11)
This allowance CANNOT be provided to student-athletes participating in the NIT/WNIT.  The language in the legislation applies specifically to NCAA Championship events, NGB championship events in emerging sports and licensed bowl games, as opposed to applying generally to “postseason events”.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/9/12- Current Event

AUBURN, Ala. — Federal authorities are investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward for alleged point shaving involving at least two games this season, Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday.
The report, citing anonymous sources, said the FBI began an investigation in late February, centering on losses to Alabama on Feb. 7 and Arkansas on Jan. 25.
Ward has confided that he spoke with federal authorities and denied the allegations, according to a source familiar with Ward’s side of the story, al.com reported.
Ward also said federal investigators confiscated his phone under court order and had him take a lie-dectector test, the source said, according to the report.
NCAA officials said they are “very concerned” by the allegations and have been in contact with the school and federal investigators since the issue arose last month.
“The NCAA takes any allegation of point shaving very seriously because sports wagering threatens two of our core principles — the well-being of student-athletes and the very integrity of intercollegiate sport,” the NCAA said in a written statement Thursday. “As allegations of point shaving, if proven, are also potential federal crimes, the NCAA will defer action until any process with the FBI has concluded.”
Ward and guard Chris Denson were both suspended before a Feb. 25 game against Arkansas, but Denson returned for the next game. Denson was questioned and cleared of involvement in point shaving, the Yahoo! Sports report said.
“Auburn officials were made aware of a rumor regarding an allegation two weeks ago and immediately reported it to the FBI, the NCAA and the SEC,” Auburn said in a statement Thursday. “Because of the nature of the allegation, Auburn is not in a position to make any further comment on the situation.”
The report said a player reported concerns to an assistant coach in late February.
Auburn coach Tony Barbee has said only that Ward and Denson violated team rules. He declined to specifically address any allegations after Thursday night’s loss to Mississippi in the opening round of the SEC tournament.
“Obviously our university released a statement which I totally support and stand behind, and obviously because of the nature of the allegations and the story, and because of the statement, I won’t be able to elaborate or answer any questions or make any further comment,” Barbee said.
Ward didn’t play in the final three games of the regular season or travel with the team to New Orleans for the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Denson played 32 minutes and scored 11 points Thursday in Auburn’s 68-54 loss to Mississippi, but declined to speak with reporters after the game. His teammates also deferred comments to their coach.
Yahoo! Sports reported that other Auburn players were questioned about whether Ward tried to get them to participate in the alleged point shaving.
Ward, a Texas transfer, has averaged 9 points a game and leads the Tigers in assists.
Ward scored three points and had six turnovers in the 68-50 loss to Alabama, playing 17 minutes. Vegas Insider said Alabama was favored by five points.
In the 56-53 loss to Arkansas, Ward played only 19 seconds before crumpling to the floor with an injury. Barbee later said Ward took a knee to his right leg, which he injured while a sophomore at Texas.
Auburn still covered the 9½-point spread.
Between those two games, Ward had his hottest streak of the season. He scored 53 points in the three-game stretch, including 24 against Mississippi State.
The directors of three sports books in Las Vegas said they have not been contacted by the FBI in connection with the probe, according to al.com.
“We haven’t heard from them about any Vegas action,” one sports book director said on condition of anonymity, according to the report. “If there is something wrong, if something happens here, they’d absolutely be involved. There’s been nothing at this time.”
Ward has not commented publicly since his suspension. He has not responded to requests for comment through his email and Facebook accounts, al.com reported.
His last Twitter post was on Feb. 24 when he tweeted, “Can’t win for losing smh” (shaking my head). It was the last in a series of posts that day, the first saying that his knee was “hurting bad.”
Ward, who is from Montgomery, was injured at Texas when he ruptured his quadriceps tendon on a dunk during pregame warm-ups. He sat out last season under transfer rules and has two years of eligibility remaining.
This article was selected for educational purposes only.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/8/12- 17.1.7(b)

The Ocean State University women’s basketball team is on the bubble with regard to whether they will qualify for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championships.  The coach would like to continue practicing until the teams are announced on the tournament selection show.
Is this permissible?
Yes.  NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7(b)–  states that neither practice for nor participation in any NCAA or NAIA championship event (including play-in contests conducted pursuant to NCAA championships) is considered part of the institution’s declared playing season. A member institution that has reason to believe it is under consideration for selection to participate in an NCAA championship event may continue to practice (but may not compete against outside competition) beyond its last regular-season contest, including the conference championship (if any), without counting such practice against the institution’s declared playing-season limitation until it is determined by the appropriate committee whether the institution will be selected to participate in the NCAA championship competition. An institution that is not selected to participate in the NCAA championship may continue to practice or compete until the end of that championship only if it has time remaining in its declared playing season;

Daily Compliance Item- 3/7/12-

College USA men’s basketball coaches will be hosting several prospects on official visits at the conclusion of the season.  Can the coaches provide these prospects with a game program from their conference tournament?
Yes.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 12/2/87- Game programs from postseason bowl or conference basketball tournament- states that it would be permissible for a member institution to provide to a prospective student-athlete a game program from the institution’s postseason bowl game or conference basketball tournament.
NCAA Bylaw states that game programs (which may not include posters) may be provided to prospective student-athletes only during official and unofficial recruiting visits and may not be mailed.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/6/12-

The Ocean State University Women’s Basketball team will be competing in its conference tournament this weekend, which runs Thursday through Sunday.  Do the student-athletes have to depart the locale of the tournament on Thursday if they lose their opening game?
No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/10/12- Return Travel Expense Restrictions for a Multi-Day Event (I)- states that if an institution’s team participates in a multi-day event (e.g., NCAA championship), the institution may provide travel expenses to a student-athlete (or the institution’s team) who remains not more than 36 hours (24 hours in men’s basketball) after the conclusion of the last contest, even if the institution is not participating in the last contest.
[References: (departure/return expense restrictions); and a staff interpretation (12/16/92, Item No. d), which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 3/5/12- 16.02.3,

Intha Paint and Down Town are two basketball student-athletes at Ocean State University (OSU).  Both of these student-athletes are going to be playing on an outside team this summer and have to raise money for participation and travel.  Which of the following is true?
A.  OSU can provide the names of boosters to Intha and Down’s outside team administrators.
B.  OSU can provide the names of boosters to Intha and Down.
C.  OSU boosters can make donations and earmark them for Intha and Down’s expenses
D.  None of the above.
The answer is D.  NCAA Educational Column- 3.1.12- Donations to Outside Sports Clubs or Training Centers (I)- states that NCAA Division I institutions should note that it is not permissible for a member institution or a member institution’s booster club to sponsor or make a donation, directly or indirectly, to an outside sports club or training center (e.g., amateur club team, Olympic training center) that involves a student-athlete from that institution or any prospective student-athletes. Further, it is not permissible to provide the names of representatives of the institution’s athletics interests to an outside sports club or training center participants for the purpose of soliciting donations. However, it is permissible for a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to donate to an outside sports club or training center, provided the representative acts independently of the institution, the funds are distributed through channels established by the organization conducting the fundraising activity and the funds are not earmarked directly for a specific student-athlete or prospective student-athlete.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (institutional sponsorship of local sports clubs), (fundraising for high school athletics program), (involvement by local representatives of institution’s athletics interests), 16.02.3 (extra benefit) and (general rule); and official interpretations (12/13/90, Item No. 4), (8/7/92, Item No. 9-a-(5)) and (5/8/95, Item No. 4)]
NCAA Official Interpretation- 5.8.95- Institution Providing List of Athletics Representatives to Student-Athletes- states that it is not permissible for an institution to provide to a student-athlete a list of its athletics representatives (i.e., boosters) for the purpose of contacting such individuals to participate in fund-raising activities related to the student-athlete’s participation on an outside organization’s competitive tour. [References: 16.02.3 (extra benefit), (extra-benefit — general rule) and (expenses for other competition) and IC 06/03/92, Item No. 3