Ocean State University (OSU) would like to honor an alumnus this weekend at a home athletic contest. This individual was an all-american basketball player at OSU and just earned his 1000 win as a local HS coach. As part of the celebration, OSU will conduct a ceremony at halftime and provide a plaque. Is this arrangement permissible?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/15/13- Institution Providing Recognition to High School Coach who is an Alumna or Alumnus (I)- states that an institution may publicly recognize a special achievement (e.g., retirement, coaching accomplishment) of a high school coach who is an alumna or alumnus of the institution and may provide benefits incidental to recognition of that award (e.g., award, certificate, meal) to the recipient and his or her relatives.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.2.1 (general regulations); 22.214.171.124 (recruiting advertisements); 13.8.1 (entertainment restrictions) and 13.8.2 (material benefits), and a staff interpretation (12/21/05, Item No. a), which has been archived]