The Ocean State University (OSU) football team will be playing in a bowl game this year. One of the activities associated with the event is a banquet. Every year the bowl organizers invite local high schools and the general public to attend. Is it permissible for the OSU head coach to speak at this banquet if it occurs during a dead period?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that a coach may speak at or attend a meeting or banquet (at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance) in conjunction with the institution’s appearance in a postseason contest that occurs during a dead period only if the meeting or banquet is open to the general public, it is a scheduled activity associated with the contest, and the coach does not make a recruiting presentation or have any direct contact with any prospective student-athlete (or a prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians) in attendance.