Illegal Block is a football prospect that is going to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Ocean State University (OSU) tomorrow. Illegal lives close to OSU’s campus and would like to come to a basketball game this weekend. Because Illegal is such a highly touted prospect, OSU would like to introduce Illegal at halftime of the game.
Since he will have signed an NLI, is it permissible for OSU to announce Illegal’s presence during the game?
No. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that an institution may not introduce a visiting prospective student-athlete at a function (e.g., the institution’s sports award banquet or an intercollegiate athletics contest) that is attended by media representatives or open to the general public. [D] (Revised: 1/14/97)