Daily Compliance Item- 2.24.15- Conference Awards

The Ocean State University men’s basketball team won the Ocean Eleven Conference tournament this year.  The Conference office will be providing each member of the team with a championship gift.  There are three student-athletes on the team that did not attend the tournament.  Two have been academically ineligible all year and the other is serving a year in residence for transferring.
Can the Conference office provide a gift to these three student-athletes?
No.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 12/12/94- National or Conference Championship Awards to Ineligible Student-Athletes- states that it is not permissible for an institution or conference (or organization approved by either) to provide awards in recognition of conference or national championships to student-athletes who were not eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition during the applicable sport season.
  [References: (conference and national championships) and staff minute 12/07/88, item c]

Daily Compliance Item- 10/22/14- 12.5.3- Conference Media Day Expenses for Parents

The Ocean State University (OSU) men’s and women’s basketball programs will be participating in its conference media day this week.  The men’s preseason pick for player of the year is an OSU student-athlete, so the coaches have asked Ocean Eleven, the Conference office, to provide expenses for his father to attend.  Is it permissible for Ocean Eleven to provide such expenses to the parent?

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 10/8/13-  Expenses for a Student Athlete’s Parents to Attend A Media Activity (I)–  states that it is not permissible for a conference to provide actual and necessary expenses to the parents of student-athletes to attend a media activity (e.g., conference “media day”).
[References: NCAA Bylaws 12.5.3 (media activities), 16.02.3 (extra benefit) and 16.1.7 (expenses to receive noninstitutional awards); and staff interpretation (7/26/90, Item No. a), which has been archived]