Wheel Route is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University. This is Wheel’s senior year, and he has a chance to surpass a school record of touchdown passes this weekend. Wheel is really good friends with his high school coach and would like to provide him a complimentary admission to attend the game. Is it permissible for Wheel to provide his high school coach with a complimentary admission?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/10/13- Student-Athlete Complimentary Admissions to Coaches or Others Involved with Prospective Student-Athletes (I)– states that a student-athlete may provide home or away complimentary admissions to a high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved as long as the complimentary admissions are not provided to the coach or other individual at the direction of an institutional staff member.
[Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.8.1 (entertainment restrictions), 126.96.36.199 (institutional events in the student-athlete’s sport) and 188.8.131.52.1 (exception — post season events)]
Jennifer M. Condaras
BIG EAST Conference
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