Daily Compliance Item- 9/13/13- Current Event

Faculty group lobbies for NCAA changes


A group of faculty athletic representatives from the NCAA’s largest football schools recommended on Wednesday a change to the association’s governance structure.

The 1A FAR Board of Directors, which is made up of representatives from Football Bowl Subdivision schools, submitted its proposal to the NCAA outlining recommended changes that would put FBS schools in their own division.

The proposal suggests the division would have its own board of directors made up of at least one president or chancellor from each FBS conference. Those representatives would have one vote each or the voting would be weighted for current BCS automatic-qualifier conferences, which currently consists of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. The American Athletic Conference, a successor to the Big East, could also be considered for weighted voting.

The group also recommended a management council made up of an athletics director and faculty athletics representative from each conference. Senior woman’s administrators and conference commissioners could also be included.

Over the summer, there was a chorus of calls for something to be done about the structure of Division I from commissioners of the BCS automatic-qualifier conferences.

“If the five conferences were to break off, I mean, that’s a complicated move,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford told USA TODAY Sports in July. “You’d have to, in essence, duplicate the NCAA in some form or fashion, and then what does that mean for intercollegiate athletics? So if you’ve got another division, if that’s the answer within the NCAA, you can maneuver and find an appropriate way, I think, to address those kinds of issues.”

Earlier this month the NCAA requested input for redesigning the Division I governance structure. With the gap widening between the richest athletics programs in the biggest conference and schools with smaller budgets, criticism of the one-size-fits-all rule book has increased.

The Division I Board of Directors will hear thoughts from eight different groups at a meeting Oct. 29. That information will then be used to build an agenda for a town hall-style meeting scheduled in conjunction with the NCAA convention in January. The board also has set up an online survey. Those results also will be used to shape the January town hall agenda.

“A separate FBS division would allow smaller governance groups that can include more senior level athletics administrators and FARs with broad-based responsibilities than is possible under the current structure, and the new governance groups and board could focus directly on FBS issues and be better positioned to resolve issues and provide workable and needed solutions for FBS institutions,” said Brian Shannon, president of 1A FAR and the representative for Texas Tech.

The group’s recommendation says FBS programs should continue to participate in combined championship events where possible.

“There is wide consensus that the current Division I governance model is not working. A separate FBS division offers more stream-lined governance among schools with comparable revenue streams that face issues either unique to them or that fall on them with more acute impact,” said Jo Potuto, immediate past president of 1A FAR and the representative for Nebraska.

Daily Compliance Item- 9/11/13- Email to Text Software

The Baseball Coaches at Ocean State University have purchased software that will convert emails to text messages.  They would like to use this software when sending information to prospects and current student-athletes.  Can they use it when communicating with prospects.

No unless it is permissible for a particular prospect to receive a text message from one of the baseball coaches (e.g., prospect that has committed to the institution).  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/9/13-  Use of Service or Software that Converts Electronic Mail into a Text Message — Sports Other Than Basketball (I) – states that, in sports other than basketball, it is not permissible for institutional staff members to use a service or software that converts electronic mail (e.g., email) sent by an institutional staff member into a text message when received by the prospective student-athlete.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (electronic transmissions) and (exception — basketball); and an official interpretation (7/11/07, Item No. 2) which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 9/10/13- 11.6.1- Scouting On-Campus

The Ocean State University (OSU) volleyball team is hosting two teams this weekend.  Here is the schedule:

OSU will play team A friday night.

Team A will play team B Saturday afternoon

OSU will play team B Sunday afternoon

The OSU coaches would like to scout during saturday’s game.  Is this permissible?

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/9/13-  On-Campus, In-Person Scouting of Opponents (I) – states that the prohibition against off-campus, in-person scouting of opponents is not applicable to an institution’s coaching staff in a situation in which a competition involving a future opponent occurs on the coaching staff’s campus.


[References: NCAA Bylaw 11.6.1 (off-campus, in-person scouting prohibition; staff interpretation (09/15/10), which is archived; and official interpretation (12/12/94, Item No. 18), which is archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 9/9/13-, Tickets

Ocean State University ticket office is working on a design for this year’s men’s and women’s basketball tickets.  The ticket manager would like to include a picture of each student-athlete on the front of all home game ticekts.  If there is a coupon for Dunkin Donuts on the back of the ticket, is it permissible to include the picture of a current student-athlete on the front?

Yes.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 2/18/88-  Use of a student-athlete’s name or picture on a game ticket – states that it is permissible for an institution to utilize a game ticket that has the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete on the face of the ticket and a commercial company’s coupon or advertisement (unrelated to the student-athlete) on the back of the ticket.

Daily Compliance Item- 9/5/13- 13.5.4- Transportation to a Prospect

Sand Trap is an incoming freshman student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Sand will be participating on the golf team at OSU and will be receiving a partial athletic scholarship.  To help pay for some of her educational costs, Sand has obtained a part time job at a local copy center.  Her job starts a week before classes begins.  Sand will not be driving her car to school, so she asks the head golf coach for a ride from the airport to the dorms.  Is this permissible?

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 9/4/13-  Transportation on Initial Arrival for Summer Employment (I) – states that  it is not permissible for an institution to transport a prospective student-athlete to campus from the nearest bus or train station or airport when the student arrives to begin a summer job prior to attending classes even if the individual will remain in the locale of the institution to begin classes.

[Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaws (after completion of senior year), (transportation to summer job) and 13.5.4 (transportation to enroll or to attend required orientation); and an official interpretation (04/14/1986, Item No. 4),which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 9/4/13- Retroactive Aid

Chip Shot is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Chip’s coach decided to provide her with a full athletic scholarship during the 3rd week of classes.  Can OSU provide her the full amount or does it have to be prorated based on the remaining charges for that term?

The scholarship will have to be prorated.  NCAA Bylaw states that institutional financial aid awarded to an enrolled student-athlete after the first day of classes in any term may not exceed the remaining room and board charges and educational expenses for that term and may not be made retroactive to the beginning of that term.

Daily Compliance Item- 9/3/13- First Week of Classes

Yellow Card is a soccer student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Yellow was having trouble getting all the classes she wanted and had to drop down to part-time status on the 2nd day of classes.  She will not be able to add enough classes to get her back to full-time status until the 5th day of classes.  Is Yellow permitted to continuing practicing while only enrolled part-time?

Yes.  NCAA Bylaw states that a student-athlete may practice, but may not compete, during the institution’s first five days of classes if the student-athlete is enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies, provided the student is otherwise eligible under all institutional, conference and NCAA requirements. (Adopted: 1/10/95 effective 8/1/95)