Back Board is an undergraduate student assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Ocean State University. Back attended a few meals with the coaches and recruits (official visits) over the weekend. The meals took place at the head coach’s house and on campus.
Was that permissible?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/20/12- Graduate Assistant Coach or Undergraduate Student Assistant Coach Receiving a Meal with Prospective Student-Athletes on Official Visits (I)- states that a graduate assistant coach or an undergraduate student assistant coach may receive a meal with a prospective student-athlete during the prospective student-athlete’s official visit, within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s campus.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 11.01.3 (coach, graduate assistant — bowl subdivision football and women’s rowing); 11.01.4 (coach, undergraduate student assistant); 22.214.171.124 (general restrictions – staff members and governing board); 126.96.36.199 (student host); 188.8.131.52.1 (multiple hosts); 184.108.40.206 (meals on official visit); an official interpretation (10/14/1998, Item No. 35), and a staff interpretation (9/29/1999, item a), which have been archived]