The Ocean State University men’s basketball team will be traveling to its conference tournament this weekend. When confirming the flight arrangements for the trip, the institution’s travel coordinator noticed a significant cost difference if the team were to leave a day earlier. The difference in price would save the institution $1500 per member of the official travel party. If the head coach decides to leave a day earlier to take advantage of the cheaper fare, the student-athletes will be departing campus more than 48 hours prior to the first competition in the conference tournament. Is it permissible for the team to depart campus earlier than 48 hours from the first competition?
Yes with a waiver granted by the Conference Office. NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168.1.2 states that a conference may grant a waiver of the 48-hour departure restriction for extenuating circumstances associated with travel prior to competition in a conference championship event. (Adopted: 4/24/08