Daily Compliance Item- 8/30/13- Current Event

Honest ‘burglars’ who paid: ‘We thought it was a trick’


If character is what you do when no one is watching, a group of William Paterson University freshman football players proved the saying true.

On Sunday, the manager of Buddy’s Small Lots in Wayne, N.J., was alerted by police that there had been a break-in at the store. Video surveillance footage showed four young men entering and then leaving with several items in hand. However, a closer look at the footage caught the men on tape doing the right thing: Leaving the exact money for the items, tax included, at the register.

The honest shoppers, Thomas James, Anthony Biondi, Kell’e Gallimore and Jelani Bruce, were rewarded with $50 of free merchandise by the store’s managers. The players spoke about their story on TODAY Wednesday.

“(We’re) just ecstatic knowing that one good deed blew up nationwide and now everyone’s hearing about it,’’ Biondi told Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall.

“My dad keeps calling saying, ‘Oh my God, you really did that?’’’ Bruce said.

The lights in the store were on because of a quirk in the lighting system and the door lock was broken, according to the store managers. Thinking the store was open, the players waited for a clerk to appear, not realizing they had tripped the alarm.

“We were scared,’’ Bruce said. “Honestly, we thought it was a Halloween gag or something. We thought someone was going to come out and say, ‘Ah, gotcha! Welcome to the store.’’’

The men had stopped in between preseason practice sessions to pick up a $4 pack of batteries and a $1 audio cable for dorm speakers.

“We had to get back to practice, so they just showed the money to the cameras, put it down and we just left,’’ Biondi told TODAY.

The store’s vice president rushed over after police reported a break-in, only to be pleasantly surprised.

“His jaw dropped when he realized these kids did do some shopping, but that they paid for everything that they took,’’ store manager Marci Lederman told TODAY. “I think it’s terrific that there are still people out there that have moral character not to do the wrong thing when they easily could.”

Word soon spread about the good deed, and it appeared on a local newscast.

“Soon as I went on my laptop, it was like right there, front page, and I was just excited,’’ Gallimore said. “I was like smiling because I was like, ‘Oh I’m famous.’’’

Daily Compliance Item- 8/29/13- 16.5.2- Training Table Meals

Scout Team is a walk-on football student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Scout would like to eat the training meals with his teammates, but he is not receiving an athletic scholarship.  If Scout pays for the meal, would he be permitted to eat with the scholarship student-athletes?

Yes.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 10/19/12- Walk-on Student-Athlete Receiving Training Table Meal (I) – states that a student-athlete who is not receiving athletically related financial aid that includes board (e.g., walk-on) may receive training table meals under any of the following circumstances:

1. The student-athlete has previously paid for all meals through a regular institutional meal plan and misses a meal due to practice activities (i.e., the meal is available in the dining hall only during the time practice is in session);

2. The student-athlete pays for the training table meal at the same rate that the institution deducts from the board allowance of student-athletes who receive athletically related aid covering board costs; or

3. The student-athlete is on an institutional meal plan and pays the difference in the cost between the two meals, provided the student-athlete could not use the unused meal under the regular institutional meal plan at a later date.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 16.5.2-(d) (meals incidental to participation) and (competition while representing institution) and a 8/25/04 staff interpretation, item 1a and 5/12/93 staff interpretation, item c and 8/24/12 staff interpretation, Item No. a, which have been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 8/28/13- 16.02.3- Visiting Team Packets

The Ocean State University (OSU) volleyball team begins competition this weekend.  They are hosting two schools that joined OSU’s conference this year, so the coaches would like to provide the visiting teams’ coaches and student-athletes with a little “welcome to the conference” care package including conference pins and mugs.

Is this permissible?

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/26/13-  Providing Goodwill Packages to Visiting Teams (I) – states that it is permissible to provide all teams participating in an institutionally sponsored meet or tournament with a goodwill package containing various mementos (e.g., coffee mugs, candy packets) of nominal value.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 16.02.3 (extra benefit), (general rule), (general rule) and official interpretation (12/16/87, Item No. 3) which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 8/27/13-, Designation of a Degree Program

Today’s DCI applies to Division I only

Direct Snap is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  The 2013-14 academic year will be Direct’s third year of enrollment.  Which of the following is true?

A.  Direct must designate a degree program by the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.

B.  Direct must have completed at least 40% of the course requirements for his designated degree program.

C.  Both A and B

D.  Neither A or B

The answer is C.  Although RWG-14-1 eliminated the formality, documentation, etc. associated with a student-athlete’s degree program designation, it did not eliminate the timing.  A program still has to be designated for purposes of determining percentage of degree ( and whether the hours earned are degree applicable.

NCAA Bylaw states that the provision that the calculation of credit hours under the progress-toward-degree regulation shall be based on hours earned or accepted for degree credit at the certifying institution in a student-athlete’s specific baccalaureate degree program (see Bylaw shall be met as follows:

(a) During the first two years of enrollment, a student-athlete may use credits acceptable toward any of the institution’s degree programs; (Revised: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)

(b) By the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester or seventh quarter), a student-athlete shall be required to have designated a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree. From that point, the credits used to meet the progress-toward-degree requirements must be degree credit toward the student’s designated degree program;

(c) A student-athlete who changes his or her designated degree program may comply with the progress-toward-degree requirements if:

(1) The change in programs is documented appropriately by the institution’s academic authorities;

(2) The credits earned prior to the change are acceptable toward the degree previously sought; and

(3) The credits earned from the time of the change are acceptable toward the new desired degree.

(d) Once a student-athlete has begun his or her third year of enrollment (fifth semester or seventh quarter), a course may not be used to fulfill the credit-hour requirements for meeting progress toward degree if the student ultimately must repeat the course to fulfill the requirements of the student’s major, even if the course fulfills an elective component of the student-athlete’s degree program. (Adopted: 1/14/97, Revised: 3/12/12)

NCAA Bylaw states that a student-athlete who is entering his or her third year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 40 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program. A student-athlete who is entering his or her fourth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 60 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program.  A student-athlete who is entering his or her fifth year of collegiate enrollment shall have completed successfully at least 80 percent of the course requirements in the student’s specific degree program.  The course requirements must be in the student’s specific degree program (as opposed to the student’s major). (Adopted: 1/10/92 effective 8/1/92, Revised: 1/9/96, 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03)

Daily Compliance Item- 8/26/13- Required Day(s) off

The softball coaches at Ocean State University are scheduling the out of season workouts for the team.  Because of varying class schedules, the student-athletes will be serving the required days off on different days.  Is this permissible?

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/25/04-  Required Days Off Apply Individually (I) – states that the required day or days off per week (i.e., one per week during the playing season and two per week outside the playing season during the academic year) may apply individually to each student-athlete (as opposed to requiring the entire team to take the same day or days off per week).

[References:  Division I Bylaws (required days off — playing season) and (required days off — outside of the playing season) and a 3/24/93 staff interpretation, item b, which has been archived.]

Eight minutes of scrimmage ends eligibility for ODU’s Donte Hill



Donte Hill was an eight points/four boards/three dimes a game guard for a bad Old Dominion team last season. The team hoped to have him back for 2013-14, as he’d be the most experienced man on the roster for a team leaving the CAA and heading to Conference USA.


But that won’t be happening after the NCAA decided Hill’s college career to be over. On Thursday the organization let ODU know it wouldn’t have the services of Hill going forward, deeming eight minutes played during a scrimmage of Hill’s sophomore year at Clemson to be enough to wipe away a year of eligibility. The NCAA initially made this decision in June, ODU appealed it, and now with the appeal failing the case is closed. Hill is done playing college basketball.


NCAA bylaws state any time played in officially sanctioned competition — scrimmages included — start the clock on a player’s eligibility in that given year. So despite the fact Hill logged eight measly minutes in a meaningless game a few years ago, it wound up costing him in the end.


“I am very disappointed by the NCAA’s decision to deny my appeal, as I was hopeful there would have been reconsideration for my case,” Hill, a team captain, said in a statement. “I am very appreciative of the efforts on my behalf by Old Dominion. I enjoyed my time here, and I will be a Monarch forever.”

Hill transferred from Clemson to Old Dominion in 2011. The scrimmage in question came shortly before his decision to leave Clemson.

“Obviously, this news is extremely disappointing to our staff and team and of course to Donte,” Monarchs coach Jeff Jones said in a release. “He had a short, but successful career at ODU and more importantly has his sociology degree from the university. Donte is a great representative of the ideals the NCAA encourages in its student athletes. We know Donte has a bright future ahead of him.”

ODU was 5-25 last year, the worst season in men’s hoops history, which also included the midseason firing of longtime coach Blaine Taylor. The school and Taylor recently settled on money terms after his termination in February.

Hill was named to the CAA All-Academic team last season.

Daily Compliance Item- 8/21/13- Medical Exemption

And One is a women’s basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  And was injured at the end of last year’s season to the point where the doctors said she unfortunately will not be able to return to college athletics.  She needs two more semesters to complete her degree requirements, and the coaches would like to keep her on scholarship.  Will her scholarship count against team limits?  If not, does a waiver have to be filed with OSU’s Conference office or the NCAA?

No, the scholarship will not count against team limits.  NCAA Bylaw states that a counter who becomes injured or ill to the point that he or she apparently never again will be able to participate in intercollegiate athletics shall not be considered a counter beginning with the academic year following the incapacitating injury or illness.

There is no waiver necessary to exempt this athletic aid.  OSU should keep on file medical documentation/letter from the doctor treating the student-athlete.