Blitz is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University who was deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Here is Blitz’s enrollment record:
2011-12- Did not participate per NCAA initial eligibility rules and completed 15% of his degree requirements
2012-13- Competed and completed 40% of his degree requirements
2013-14- Competed and completed 65% of his degree requirements
2014-15- Competing and is on track to complete 80% of his degree requirements
Which of the following is true with Blitz’s eligibility status?
A. Blitz must complete at least 80% of his degree requirements by the start of the 2015-16 academic year in order to utilize his 4th season of competition
B. Blitz is not permitted to utilize his 4th season of competition during the 2015-16 academic year because of his NQ status.
C. Blitz just needs to meet the annual progress toward degree requirements to be eligible to utilize his 4th season of competition during the 2015-16 academic year.
D. Blitz must complete 100% of his degree requirements by the start of the 2015-16 academic year in order to utilize his 4th season of competition.
The answer is A. NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168 states that a fourth season of intercollegiate competition shall be granted to a student-athlete who is not a qualifier, provided that at the beginning of the fifth academic year following the student-athlete’s initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, the student-athlete has completed at least 80 percent of his or her designated degree program. (Revised: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, 1/3/06)
Phenom is a women’s basketball prospect in her senior year of high school. Phenom is hoping to attend Ocean State University (OSU) next fall and play basketball. For the past 2 years, Phenom has participated on a club team in Sweden, her home country. Prior to participating, Phenom signed a contract that entitled her to receive actual and necessary expenses plus $500 a month. The contract expires the day after the last game of her senior year in high school.
Is it permissible for Phenom to receive actual and necessary expenses plus a small salary for participating on this club team?
No. NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124.2 states that in sports other than men’s ice hockey and skiing, before initial full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may compete on a professional team (per Bylaw 12.02.10), provided he or she does not receive more than actual and necessary expenses to participate on the team. (Adopted: 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10; applicable to student-athletes who initially enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/10)
Are there any eligibility implications with the above scenario?
Yes. Institutions that encounter such situations should review the NCAA Division I Committee On Student-Athlete Reinstatement Guidelines [Division I ACP Guidelines Chart]– (see link below). It is very important to note that these type of situations are factually driven, so each one will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
For this particular situation, the guidelines indicate that Phenom would be ineligible for intercollegiate athletics and OSU will have to submit a waiver to ask that her eligibility be reinstated.
From the Guidelines: Prospective student-athlete signed an agreement or contract that provides for the receipt of money above expenses (including, but not limited to, salary, bonuses and stipends).
Eligibility not reinstated. (June 2006),(May 2008)
Is it permissible for coaches to attend NCAA tournament games if they will be playing one of the teams in the spring?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that an institution’s coaching staff may attend a contest in the institution’s conference championship or an NCAA championship contest in which a future opponent participates (e.g., an opponent on the institution’s spring nonchampionship-segment schedule participates in a fall conference or NCAA championship). (Adopted: 1/15/14)
Georgia has suspended star running back Todd Gurley indefinitely during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules, the university announced Thursday.
A person with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on the condtion of anonymity because the inquiry is ongoing told USA TODAY Sports that Gurley’s potential violation is memorabilia-related.
“I’m obviously very disappointed,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri.”
SI.com reported that a person reported to Georgia’s compliance office that Gurley had signed 80 items for $400 one day last spring in Athens, Ga.
Gurley, who leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks sixth nationally with 773 rushing yards, is viewed as one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He also is the SEC leader in yards per carry (8.2) and is tied for the league’s touchdown lead with eight. Gurley took the lead Monday in the weekly USA TODAY Sports Heisman Survey for the first time this season.
Gurley is directly responsible for one-third of the yards gained by the Bulldogs this season and 25% of the team’s points.
It is not known whether Gurley’s suspension is for the season or until the NCAA’s investigation is completed. It also remains to be seen, if the suspension is brief, how Heisman voters will regard Gurley. Controversy has plagued the leading candidates for the award in recent years, from Auburn’s Cam Newton to Florida State’s Jameis Winston.
Johnny Manziel, the 2012 winner of the award, saw his eligibility at Texas A&M come into question in the summer after winning the award due to a memorabilia signing investigation, but ultimately served just a half-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season.
Gurley has helped lead Georgia to a 4-1 start and a No. 10 ranking in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll. Georgia, which currently sits tied for second in the SEC East Division, plays at Missouri on Saturday in a key conference matchup
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The men’s basketball coaches at Ocean State University are planning out their preseason practice schedule to make sure they do not exceed the 30 day limit. Do the coaches only include practices in the 30 day limit or do they have to include all countable athletically related activities (CARA)?
All CARA counts against the 30 day limit. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that an institution shall not commence on-court preseason basketball practice sessions before the date that is 42 days before the date of the institution’s first regular-season contest. An institution shall not engage in more than 30 days of countable athletically related activities before its first regular-season contest. Any countable athletically related activities (e.g., conditioning, skill-related instruction) that occur within the 42-day period shall count against the 30 days of countable athletically related activities. (Revised: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, 1/14/08 effective 8/1/08, 5/2/13 effective 8/1/13, 1/15/14)
Aerial is a senior women’s field hockey student-athlete at Ocean State University. Aerial is pursuing a teaching degree and will complete her required student teaching hours at a high school this spring. Is Aerial permitted to receive expenses associated with her student teaching from the high school?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 16.10.2 states that a student-athlete may accept actual and necessary travel expenses from a high school if he or she is student-teaching (even if teaching or coaching a sport) if the high school is located in a city other than the one in which the collegiate institution is located. In order for the student-athlete to accept such expenses: [R]
(a) Receipt of the expenses must be permitted by the established guidelines of the institution for other student-teacher trainees;
(b) The assigned coaching responsibilities must be a part of the supervised, evaluated teacher-training program in which the student-athlete is enrolled; and
(c) The high school must provide such expenses for all of its student-teacher trainees.