James River Institute will be playing in the FCS Football national championship game next month. One of the activities associated with this game is a kick-off banquet. Both head coaches will be asked to speak, and the event is open to the general public. If this banquet occurs during a dead period and prospect aged individuals are in attendance, is it permissible for the coaches to be there?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that in football, a coach may speak at or attend a meeting or banquet (at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance) in conjunction with the institution’s appearance in a postseason contest that occurs during a dead period only if the meeting or banquet is open to the general public, it is a scheduled activity associated with the contest, and the coach does not make a recruiting presentation or have any direct contact with any prospective student-athlete (or a prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians) in attendance. (Adopted: 9/15/97)
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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