Daily Compliance Item- 4/16/12-

Ocean State University men’s tennis team will still be in their season when summer school starts next week.  The coaches would like to move practice from 4pm to 10am during the week.  NCAA Bylaw states that it is not permissible for a student-athlete to miss class during the academic year for practice activities except when traveling to an away from home contest and the practice is in conjunction with the contest.


Can a student-athlete miss class during summer school to participate in practice?


No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 6/11/10- Missed Class Time for Practice Activities (I)- states that a student-athlete may not miss class at any time (e.g., regular academic term, mini term, summer term) for practice activities, except when a team is traveling to an away-from-home contest and the practice is in conjunction with the contest.


[References: NCAA Bylaw (no class time missed for practice activities) and a staff interpretation (8/20/97, Item No. a), which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/13/13- Current Event

Baylor cited for failure to monitor

Baylor University failed to monitor its men’s and women’s basketball programs and violated recruiting rules, according to findings by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. The current men’s basketball head coach also was cited for failure to monitor, and a former assistant men’s basketball coach was found to have engaged in unethical conduct, according to the findings.


Penalties in this case include three years of probation, recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions. The current head men’s basketball coach received a suspension of two conference games next year and telephone call recruiting restrictions. The former assistant men’s coach received a one-year show-cause for recruiting activities. The current head women’s basketball coach received off-campus and telephone recruiting restrictions.


This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and involved individuals must agree to the facts of the case in order for this process to be utilized instead of having a formal hearing.


The violations in the men’s and women’s basketball programs occurred over four years and included approximately 750 impermissible recruiting text messages and more than 500 recruiting calls not allowed under NCAA rules, which are created and adopted by member schools.  According to the findings in the case, the head men’s basketball coach did not adequately monitor the program, which was related to his failure to inform the administration of a potential violation and insufficient oversight of his two assistant coaches’ recruitment activities. In addition, a former assistant men’s basketball coach committed unethical conduct when he attempted to influence two nonscholastic coaches to provide false and misleading information during the investigation.


The men’s basketball program also was found to have impermissibly used talent scouts at its basketball clinics. The case included multiple secondary violations as well, which are outlined in the public report. These included violations in the women’s basketball program for the employment of prospects at university camps, recruiting publicity by a booster organization and impermissible inducements and contacts with two prospects.


Overall, the public report fully details all of the penalties in this case, which include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation from April 11, 2012, through April 10, 2015.

Men’s basketball

  • The head men’s basketball coach must be suspended from all coaching duties during the first two conference games of the 2012-13 season.
  • One-year show-cause order for former assistant men’s basketball coach, which prohibits any recruiting activity.
  • Reduction of one scholarship (from 13 to 12) for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Reduction of five official visits (from 12 to 7) for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • Reduction of 15 recruiting evaluation days (from 130 to 115) for the 2012-13 academic year.

Women’s basketball

  • Reduction of two scholarships (from 15 to 13) for the 2011-12 academic year.
  • The head women’s basketball coach will not participate in off-campus recruiting for the full summer recruiting period (July 1 – 31, 2012).
  • An assistant women’s basketball coach will not place any recruiting calls during a four-month period from January through April, 2012.

The Division I Committee on Infractions is an independent group comprised of representatives across NCAA membership and the public. The members of the committee who reviewed this case include Melissa (Missy) Conboy, deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame and acting chair of the Committee on Infractions. Other members are John S. Black, attorney; Eleanor Myers, faculty athletics representative and law professor at Temple University; James O’Fallon, law professor and faculty athletics representative for University of Oregon; Gregory Sankey, executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer of the Southeastern Conference; and Dennis Thomas, commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Daily Compliance Item- 4/12/12- 13.13.1

The Men’s Basketball Director of Operations at Ocean State University was asked to serve as an honorary captain for a local high school all-star game this weekend.  The organizers of the event would like to get the community more involved to help increase attendance.
Is this permissible?
No.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 10/26/89- Athletic department staff member’s involvement in high-school all-star game- states that an athletics department staff member from an NCAA member institution would be precluded from serving as an honorary captain at a state high school all-star game, inasmuch as such an arrangement would result in the indirect promotion of a high school all-star athletics contest.

Daily Compliance Item- 4/11/12-

Ocean State University’s football team is conducting its annual intra-squad scrimmage this weekend.  Several high profile recruits will be in attendance, and the coaches would like them to watch the scrimmage from the sidelines.  Admission to the intra-squad scrimmage is free but seating for the general public is restricted to designated sections within the lower level of the stadium.
Since there is no charge to attend the event, is it permissible for the prospects to watch the scrimmage from the sidelines?
No.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 4/20/95- Special Seating to Observe On-Campus Intrasquad Scrimmages- states that an on-campus intrasquad scrimmage (e.g., spring football scrimmage, “midnight madness” basketball scrimmage) that is open to the general public is considered a campus athletics event, even if no admission is charged to attend the event. Thus, complimentary admissions provided to a prospect (or the prospect’s parents or legal guardians or spouse) for such an event during an official or unofficial visit must be in the general seating area of the facility used for conducting the event. [References: (complimentary admissions) and (general restrictions)]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/10/12-

Stride is a track and field student-athlete at Ocean State University.  This weekend the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in the Ocean State Invitational meet.  In this competition, Stride will be participating in the 100m, 400m and long jump.  Here is Stride’s schedule for the meet:
Friday- 100m, 400m
Saturday- no competition
Sunday- long jump
Since Stride is not competing in any events on Saturday, can his coach provide instruction that day for an hour to help prepare for the long jump event?
Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 7/19/91- Practice following an event in a multi-day competition– addresses a member institution’s coach providing monitored instruction or assistance to a student-athlete subsequent to the completion of the student-athlete’s first event in a multi-event competition that has a scheduled day off prior to the next event; determined that such an arrangement would be permissible, provided the next event is considered part of the multi-day or multi-event competition; further noted that any practice during the scheduled day off between events in a multi-day competition would be bound by the daily hour limitations.

Daily Compliance Item- 4/9/12-

Chop Block is a football student-athlete at Bay State University.  Chop is not getting a lot of playing time, so he decides to transfer to Ocean State University in the fall.  Unfortunately Chop’s frustrations on the field have affected his studies, as he was caught cheating on a mid-term exam and will be dismissed for the fall 2012 semester.  Prior to this incident, Chop was in good academic standing and was on target to complete 12 degree applicable courses.
Will the dismissal preclude Chop from receiving athletic aid at Ocean State University during the 2012-13 academic year?
Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 6/1/09- Four-Year Transfer Student-Athlete’s Eligibility for Athletically Related Financial Aid (I)- states that for purposes of determining whether a transfer student-athlete from a four-year institution is eligible for athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution, the student-athlete must have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term had he or she remained at the previous institution based on a review of all components of academic eligibility (e.g., NCAA progress-toward-degree requirements, conference academic eligibility requirements, good academic standing, suspension/dismissal related to an academic offense).  Therefore, a transfer student-athlete from a four-year institution who was suspended or dismissed for the next regular academic term due to an academic offense (e.g., cheating, plagiarism) may not receive athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution.

Daily Compliance Item- 4/6/12- National Student-Athlete Day



April 6, 2012 marks the 25th celebration of National STUDENT-Athlete Day. High school and college student-athletes nationwide will be honored for achieving excellence in the classroom and on the field, while making significant contributions to their schools and communities. National STUDENT-Athlete Day is celebrated annually and has seen 3,180,498 million student-athletes honored, nationwide, since 1997. It has become one of America’s strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.