Daily Compliance Item- 2.23.17- Off-Campus Contact with Signee

Ocean State University (OSU) men’s basketball team will be playing on the road this weekend. Shot Block, a prospect that signed an NLI with OSU in November, lives in the area and would like to meet with the OSU Director of Basketball Operations to make sure she is getting all the right information submitted to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the OSU Admissions office.

Since Shot signed an NLI with OSU, is it permissible for the Director of Basketball Operations to have off-campus contact with her?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/10/16- Off-Campus Contact by Staff Other Than Permissible Recruiters with a Prospective Student-Athlete who has Committed to the Institution (I)- states that institutional staff members and coaches who are not permissible off-campus recruiters, may not have off-campus contact with a prospective-student-athlete, even if the prospective-student-athlete has committed to the institution by signing a National Letter of Intent or the institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or the institution has received his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws (countable coach), 11.7.2 (Recruiting Coordination Functions), 13.02.4 (contact), (exception-after commitment), (general rule), (off-campus recruiters), (general restrictions-staff members and governing board), and (off-campus contacts or evaluations); and official interpretation (7/28/14, Item No. 1)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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