Daily Compliance Item- 11/15/13– CONTEST –NLI Rules and Regulations

Ocean State University (OSU) signed the top men’s basketball prospect, Pick N. Roll, yesterday.  The NLI and accompanying financial aid agreement were signed at 7:00am, and the compliance director emailed the forms to the Ocean Eleven Conference later that day.

As you can see by the picture on the right, this was quite an event. The OSU coach and AD hand delivered the papers to Pick’s house. Present for the signing were Finger Roll and Allee Oop (parents), Dribble Roll (brother), Lobster Roll (sister), I.M. Overzealous (OSU Coach- hat) and IMA Breakin-Rules (OSU Director of Athletics). A local TV station was also on hand for this event.

The first 25 people who properly identify 5 violations from this fact pattern, press release, and picture will win an Ocean State University Orcas hat!  This hat could be a collector’s item as OSU is likely headed to the committee on infractions this spring.   Tweet the answer using the hashtag #OrcasNLI.  One winner per institution will be awarded.

I will follow up with the winner and the violations OSU has committed.

Good luck!

Press Release

Providence, RI:  Top state basketball prospect and Mr. Basketball in Rhode Island signed a National Letter of Intent today at LaFrance High School in Frenchtown, RI.  Averaging 29.3 PPG as a power forward, Pick led all scorers in the state last year as a Junior.  Coach Overzealous from Ocean State University says ‘Pick will make an immediate impact for the Orcas and is a game changer and his younger brother is a real player too at point guard’.  Athletic Director, Breakin-Rules, said ‘We are very pleased to announce the signing of the top prospect in the great state of Rhode Island to play for Coach O and for our loyal fans at Ocean State next year.  I sure hope we can sign his very talented sister next year too’.  Season tickets for this year are still available to Quahog Arena and the ticket office is open daily from 8-5 on campus.



Daily Compliance Item- 11/14/13- 11.6.1, Scouting at Qualifying Multi-Team Event

The Ocean State University women’s basketball team is participating in a qualifying multi-team event this month in Las Vegas.  While they are not playing, they would like to scout the other teams.  Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Edcuational Column- 11/16/07- Qualifying Regular-Season Multiple-Team Events — Scouting Limitations and Participation Awards (I)- states that in basketball, off-campus, in-person scouting of opponents is prohibited, except as provided in NCAA Bylaw, which states that an institution may pay the expenses for a member of its basketball coaching staff to attend a regular-season or postseason tournament, or a double-header event in which the institution’s team is a participant.  Under such circumstances, the individual may scout future opponents also participating in the same tournament or double-header event at the same site without being subject to the scouting prohibition in Bylaw 11.6.1.

NCAA Division I institutions should note that members of the coaching staff are permitted to scout a future opponent competing in the same qualifying regular-season multiple-team event at the same site as their institution’s team even if the qualifying regular-season multiple-team event is not conducted in a traditional tournament format (e.g., single-elimination format in which a winner is declared at the conclusion of the event).  However, a member of the institution’s coaching staff, would not be permitted to travel to a different site that is hosting competition for the same qualifying regular-season multiple-team event in which the coach’s team is participating in order scout future opponents (even if none of the teams participating at the other site are on the institution’s schedule at the time of the event).

Lastly, it is permissible to provide special-event participation awards to student-athletes participating in a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event.  Such awards must be provided by either the institution or the management of the qualifying regular-season multiple-team event and must be limited to a $350 value.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 11.6 (limitations on scouting of opponents), (regular-season tournaments, double-header events or postseason tournaments), (participation awards) and (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event)]

Daily Compliance Item- 11/13/13- Institutional Awards Banquet

Ocean State University will be hosting its annual end of the year women’s soccer banquet in December.  Corn R. Kick, a sophomore student-athlete on the team, will be receiving the offensive player of the year award, so her parents and grandparents would like to attend the event.

Is it permisible for Corn’s parents and grandparents to receive complimentary admissions to attend the institutional banquet?

Yes.  With the adoption of RWG-16-5, complimentary admissions may be provided to family members prior to the student-athlete’s final year of eligibility.

NCAA Bylaw 16.02.4 states that for purposes of Bylaw 16, a family member is an individual with any of the following relationships to a student-athlete: spouse, parent or legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, domestic partner or any individual whose close association with the student-athlete is the practical equivalent of a family relationship. (Adopted: 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)

NCAA Bylaw states that an institution may provide complimentary admissions to an institutional awards banquet for the family members of any student-athlete being honored at the banquet. [R] (Adopted: 11/1/00, Revised: 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)

Daily Compliance Item- 11/12/13-, Mailing NLIs

The women’s basketball staff at Ocean State University is preparing its National Letter of Intent (NLI) packets to be sent out today via federal express.  Included in this mailing is the NLI, NLI instructions, institutional financial aid agreement and a sports information questionnaire.

Are all of these items permitted to be in this packet?



No.  It is not permissible to send a questionnaire using express mail services.  NCAA Bylaw states that an institution is not permitted to use express mail delivery services and may only use first-class mail or a lesser rate of service (e.g., parcel post) with no extra services (e.g., certified mail, delivery confirmation) to provide permissible printed recruiting materials to prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians, their coaches or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved, who resides within the 50 United States, other than the National Letter of Intent or other written admissions and/or financial aid commitment to attend the institution and necessary pre-enrollment information per Bylaw  [D] (Adopted: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05,  Revised:  5/12/05, 1/14/08, 4/15/08)

NCAA Bylaw states that an institutional or conference financial aid form may be included in the normal mailing of the National Letter of Intent, but none of the forms enclosed in the mailing may be signed by the prospective student-athlete prior to the initial signing date in that sport in the National Letter of Intent program. [D] (8/5/04)


PLEASE NOTE:  This is an actual fact pattern of a Division I secondary rules violation posted on LSDBi.  

Oregon suspends two hoops players for selling team apparel



Oregon suspended basketball players for violating NCAA rules, the school announced late Tuesday night.


Ben Carter and Dominic Artis were suspended after school officials learned the two athletes had sold team-issued apparel over the past year. The selling of team-issued apparel is a violation of NCAA bylaw, which prohibits student-athletes from receiving an extra benefit.

“Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said in a statement Tuesday. “I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university.”


Per NCAA rules, both Carter and Artis will be withheld from participating in a yet to be determined number of games to start the season and must donate the value of the apparel to charity. Oregon opens the 2013-14 season on Friday night in South Korea against Georgetown as part of the Armed Forces Classic.


CampusInsiders.com reported the duo could be suspended for as many as nine games. The Ducks also face Ole Miss, Illinois and BYU in a tough non-conference schedule.

Oregon said in a statement released by the school that the violations were discovered through an internal monitoring system and immediately investigated with cooperation from Carter and Artis. The school self-reported violations to the PAC-12 Conference and to the NCAA. The student-athletes were declared ineligible and have applied for reinstatement.


Artis, the team’s starting point guard who missed nine games with a foot injury as a freshman, averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36 % from three-point range.


“I want to apologize to the University, to Coach Altman and to my teammates for selling team apparel,” Artis said in a statement. “I regret my actions and do not want this situation to define me or my character.”


The 6-foot-8 Carter saw about 10 minutes of action a game last season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 boards per game.


“As a student-athlete at Oregon, I recognize that I have a responsibility to represent our team and our University at all times with the utmost of integrity,” Carter said in a statement. “I regret the decision to sell the apparel and I am grateful to the NCAA and to the University for the opportunity to make amends.”


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Daily Compliance Item- 11/7/13- Comments Before Signing

The men’s basketball program at Ocean State University (OSU) is slated to have two prospects sign NLIs next week during the early signing period.  The coaches and student-athletes are very excited and tell the local media that both individuals will be able to contribute right away and will fit in nicely with OSU’s playbook.

Is it permissible for the coaches to make such comments prior to the prospects’ signing an NLI?  Is it permissible for current student-athletes to make such comments?

No, it is not permissible for either the coaches or student-athletes to make such comments before signing the NLI.

NCAA Bylaw states that before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid or before the institution receives his or her financial deposit in response to its offer of admission, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete.  The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability of the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete committing to or signing with that institution.  [D] (Adopted: 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)

NCAA Official Interpretation- 8/6/91-  Student-athletes making comments regarding prospect’s ability – states that prior to the signing of a prospect to a National Letter of Intent or institutional tender of financial aid, a student-athlete may not provide comments to the media regarding a prospect other than confirming the institution’s recruitment of the prospect.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/6/13- WNIT Game

The Ocean State University women’s basketball team will be hosting a WNIT game at their on-campus facility in a few weeks.  During that particular weekend, the team will be hosting 3 prospective student-athletes on official visits.  Is it permissible to provide these prospects with complimentary admissions to the WNIT game?


Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 7/2/03- Complimentary Admissions to Preseason Events (I)- states that a member institution may provide complimentary admissions to a prospect to attend preseason (as distinguished from postseason) home athletics events.


[References: NCAA Proposal Nos. 2003-1 and 2003-2, Bylaws (entertainment/tickets on official visit – general restrictions), (NCAA championships or other postseason events), (entertainment/tickets on unofficial visit – general restrictions), (home games outside regular facility) and (NCAA championships and other postseason events) and 8/22/90, official interpretation, item 14, which has been archived.].

Daily Compliance Item- 11/5/13- Figure 16-1- Special Event Awards

Ocean State University will be participating in the 10th Patriot Classic Volleyball Tournament this weekend.  The organization conducting the event wants to provide an all-tournament team award to the designated student-athletes from each team.  Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 11/8/12- Special Event Participation Awards Based on Level of Achievement (I)- states that the committee determined that special event participation awards may include awards that are based on a level of achievement (e.g., all-tournament award, finalist award, place-finish award) in the event, provided the awards are uniform within each level and the combined value of all awards received for participation in the particular type of special event (e.g., conference championship; other established meets, tournaments and featured individual competition) does not exceed the legislated maximum value.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 16.1.2 (uniformity of awards), (participation awards), Figure 16-1 (participation awards) and a staff interpretation (12/13/91, Item No. e)]

Daily Compliance Item- 11/1/13- Current Event

Big Ten’s Jim Delany endorses NCAA approach to change


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Two days after high-ranking college athletics officials met in Indianapolis to discuss potential changes to the NCAA’s governance structure, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany applauded the efforts.

“I thought it was a good step,” Delany told reporters at Big Ten men’s basketball media day Thursday. “There’s been a lot of talk about restructuring over the last six months to a year, a lot of feelings of frustration. Most of the conference commissioners over the summer were reflecting the frustration that was coming from within their conferences for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s the practitioners not having a chance to participate. Sometimes, it’s not being able to get at certain critical areas that they feel like they need to get at.”

Delany reiterated the sentiment that conference commissioners from the “Big 5” conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 — hope to gain more power and control in a new governance model so they can use their vast resources to address issues like the full cost of attendance, something that may not be affordable or feasible for all of the NCAA member schools.

“We’ve at least preliminarily concluded we don’t want to leave the NCAA, and we don’t need a Division IV,” Delany said. “We can be in a big tent if we can get the appropriate matter of political redistribution. We can have an (NCAA men’s basketball) tournament, everyone can be in it. We can do revenue sharing. We can all brand together. We can all be Division I together. We can all have a big tent.

“But the conditions for that are that we need the political autonomy and the political authority to address things we must address on behalf of our student-athletes, on behalf of our universities. We have the resources to do it, and we need the authority to do it. How that happens, we’ll work that out over the next weeks and months. …

“We don’t want to draw lines and put certain people in and certain people out.”

Delany said he’s not talking about paying players, but rather the cost of attendance and the well-being of college athletes.

When asked about conferences outside of the Big 5 potentially adopting future measures and rules, Delany said, “The changes would be, in many areas, permissive. If you have the resources, do it.”

Consider the United Nations and its security council, which wields veto power. In a similar way, the Big 5 would have much more control over decisions that affect all NCAA members. And if the Big 5 enacts a rule, such as deregulating how many meals schools could feed athletes, smaller conferences that can’t afford it don’t have to implement it.

Another topic Delany feels the bigger conferences need to address — and likely doesn’t affect smaller schools nearly as much — is the issue of agents and third-party influences.

“We need to examine the agent rules,” Delany said. “Our athletes need access to good information. They don’t need to do it in the shadows. We need to look at that. We need to figure out what it is that works for us.”

Other topics, like academic standards, would affect all NCAA member schools, Delany said. The length of seasons and recruiting “should be very similar” for all schools, he added.

The NCAA would need to adopt a new governance model to put this much power in so few hands. That means the presidents and athletic directors at schools in smaller conferences would have to vote to support the new system. Big 5 commissioners have been selling it as a win-win — there would still be methods for revenue sharing, there would still be access for all to the NCAA tournament.

“It’s very unusual for people to vote themselves less authority to give someone else more authority,” Delany said. “But it’s not a money grab. It’s political authority.”

The issue is far from resolved. NCAA Division I Board of Directors chairman Nathan Hatch told USA TODAY Sports earlier this week that he will lead a subcommittee of seven Board of Directors members that will work with NCAA president Mark Emmert to come up with a template for the new governance structure over the next several months — welcome news to those clamoring for change.

“Right now, the level playing field philosophy is so powerful, and the differences between 351 schools and 32 conference is something that we can’t really deal with,” Delany said. “We’re going to have to get this changed.”

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Daily Compliance Item- 10/30/13- Participation Awards

The swimming and diving coaches at Ocean State University want to provide winter coats to their student-athletes as this year’s participation award.  Is it permissible for the coaches to provide the coats during the season or do they have to wait until the after the final competition of the regular season?

The coaches may provide the participation award prior to the last regular season competition.  With the adoption of RWG-16-1, the legislation has been deregulated with regard to the timing of a student-athlete’s receipt of an award.

NCAA Bylaw states that awards for participation in intercollegiate athletics may be presented each year, limited in value and number as specified in Figure 16-1. Awards for participation in special events may be provided only to student-athletes eligible to participate in the competition. [R] (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 3/8/12, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)