Wilson and Spalding are two prospective student-athletes interested in playing soccer at Ocean State University (OSU). Wilson will be visiting OSU’s campus this weekend on an expense paid visit (official visit). Spalding will also be visiting OSU’s campus this weekend, but she will be paying her own expenses (unofficial visit).
Which of the following is true?
A. OSU can personalize the hotel room for Wilson with signs and posters and can allow her to walk on the field with the team prior to a home contest this weekend.
B. OSU can personalize the hotel room for Spalding with signs and posters and can allow her to walk on the field with the team prior to a home contest this weekend.
C. Neither A or B are permissible
D. Both A and B are permissible
The answer is C. NCAA Bylaws 188.8.131.52 and 13.7.3 state that an institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized audio/visual scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g., running onto the field with the team during pregame introductions) during an unofficial visit. Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g., hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture. (Adopted: 8/5/04, Revised: 5/14/05, 4/27/06)