The Ocean State University (OSU) volleyball student-athletes reported to campus to begin their preseason on the evening of August 5th and will start practice activities on August 6th. On August 8th, the compliance director discovered a miscalculation with the preseason start date. The team should not have conducted its first practice until August 8th. Because the student-athletes received expenses prior to the first permissible date, does OSU have to request reinstatement from the NCAA?
No. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that a violation of Bylaw 16.5.2-(b) due to a miscalculation of the permissible start date for preseason practice shall be considered an institutional violation per Constitution 2.8.1; however, the student-athlete’s eligibility shall not be affected.