The head women’s golf coach at Ocean State University (OSU) attended a local high school’s “Senior Day” event involving Club House, a prospective student athlete. The OSU coach participated in a public announcement of Club’s signing a national letter of intent with OSU. Is this permissible?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that press conferences to announce a signing may be arranged independently by the prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete’s family), provided there is no arrangement or involvement whatsoever by the institution or representatives of its athletics interests.
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