Daily Compliance Item- 10/17/14- Reasonable Refreshments

Base Path is a softball student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Base’s birthday is today, so the coaches would like to have cake and ice cream for Base and her teammates. The team is playing a home contest in the afternoon, so the coaches would also like to invite Base’s parents and any other student-athletes’ family members that are in town for the game.

Is this permissible?
Yes.  NCAA Bylaw states an institution may provide the family members of a student-athlete with reasonable food and drinks in conjunction with educational meetings or celebratory events (e.g., senior night) and on an occasional basis for other reasons. [R] (Adopted: 4/27/00 effective 8/1/00, Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 1/16/10, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)

Daily Compliance Item- 10/16/14- 4th Season of Competition

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 ANCAA Bylaw 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)

Daily Compliance Item- 10/15/14- Contract to Play on a Club Team

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 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)

Daily Compliance Item- 10/14/14- Transferring and Fulfilling the Six Credit Hour Requirement

Flip Turn is a swimming student-athlete.  Flip was enrolled at Ocean State University at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.  Flip decided she wanted to be closer to home, so after the 2nd week of classes she transferred to Midwest College for the start of its fall 2014 quarter.
Was Flip responsible for meeting the six credit hour requirement upon enrollment at Midwest College?
No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/7/09- Sx-Hour Requirement For Eligible Student-Athletes Who Transfer During an Academic Term (I)– states that a student-athlete who transfers to the certifying institution during the same regular academic term in which he or she was enrolled full time at the previous institution (e.g., fall semester to fall semester or quarter) is not required, upon transfer, to have completed six hours of academic credit during the same regular academic term at the previous institution.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), (transfer), (six-hour requirement for transfer), (additional application of six-hour and transfer rules — baseball), 14.5.4 (two-year college transfers), (one-time transfer exception) and staff interpretation (01/02/1991, item a), that has been archived.]

Daily Compliance Item- 10/13/14- Scouting at NCAA Championships

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 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)

Heisman front-runner Todd Gurley suspended by Georgia


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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Daily Compliance Item- 10/9/14- APR Data Submission

Ocean State University (OSU) began classes on August 18, 2014.  Per the Academic Progress Rate (APR) manual, OSU’s Academic Performance Program data [i.e., NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Academic Performance Census (APC) was due on Monday, September 29, 2014.  OSU was not tracking on this requirement and consequently missed the submission deadline.  Are there any penalties for missing this deadline?  Are extensions available for extenuating circumstances?
  Yes there are penalties.  NCAA Bylaw states that an institution shall not be eligible to enter a team or individual competitor in postseason competition (including NCAA championships and bowl games) unless it has submitted, by the applicable deadline, its academic progress rate (APR) in a form approved and administered by the Committee on Academic Performance. (Adopted: 4/29/04, Revised: 9/14/07, 7/31/13)
  An extension may be available for institutions that have extenuating circumstances for missing the submission deadline.
  The APR Manual includes the following time period for which institutiions must submit their data to comply with the above NCAA legislation:
  Official submission of the data to calculate the APR and to satisfy the requirements for the APC is due within six weeks (42 calendar days) following the first day of classes on campus each fall term and June 1 for GSR and Federal Graduation Rate data.
JumpForward Customers– Don’t forget that you are able to submit Academic Progress Rate (APR) data directly to the NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) module. This process, previously available only through the NCAA website, was created last year through JumpForward’s Compliance Toolbox.

Daily Compliance Item- 10/8/14- 16.5.2- Nutritional Supplements

Ocean State University has set up a refueling station in its main athletic training room to provide healthy snacks to the student-athletes throughout the day.  Some of the items available are supplements that contain impermissible banned substances.  Is it okay to provide these supplements as a snack per the new legislation?
No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/8/14- Nutritional Supplements (I)-states that it is not permissible to provide a nutritional supplement that is not otherwise permissible by characterizing it as a snack or a meal incidental to participation.

Daily Compliance Item- 10/7/14- Countable Athletically Related Activities- Men’s Basketball

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 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)

Daily Compliance Item- 10/6/14- 16.10.2- Student Teaching

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.