Daily Compliance Item- 5/23/13- Football Transfers

Boot Leg is a football student-athlete enrolled at an FBS institution. Boot wants to transfer, so he can be closer to his family.  The institution he has selected is currently going through the reclassification process to change from FCS to FBS.  Is Boot eligible to utilize the one-time transfer exception?


No.   NCAA Educational Column- 5/23/13- One-Time Transfer Exception — Application During Reclassification from FCS to FBS (I) – states that  NCAA Division I institutions should note that while an institution is reclassifying from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the reclassifying institution is required to meet all applicable FBS requirements (with the exception of scheduling requirements during the first year of reclassification). However, the institution is not an active FBS member until it has completed the reclassification process and been elected to FBS status by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors; therefore, any football student-athletes attending the reclassifying institution who transfer to another FCS institution are FCS to FCS transfers. Consequently, unless the student-athlete is transferring to an FCS institution that does not offer athletically related financial aid in the sport of football, the individual cannot meet the conditions of the one-time transfer exception [see NCAA Bylaw].


Further, an institution in the process of reclassifying its football program from FCS to FBS must certify all incoming transfers under FBS regulations. Therefore, a football student-athlete who transfers from an FBS institution to the reclassifying institution is also unable to meet the conditions of the one-time transfer exception [see Bylaw]. Finally, a football student-athlete who enrolls midyear at an FCS institution that will begin the reclassification process from FCS to FBS the next academic year must be re-certified in the fall using the transfer regulations that apply to FBS programs.

[References: Bylaws (general rule), (one time transfer exception) and 20.4.2 (football subdivision reclassification options)]

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Daily Compliance Item- 1/3/13- Bylaw 12- Amateurism Reminders


Key Dates:

College Advisory Committee evaluation request final deadline (with no guarantee that an evaluation wil be completed)- January 4, 2013

Early-entry deadline for underclassmen- January 15, 2013

Early-entry withdrawal deadline for underclassmen- 72  hours after early-entry deadline (midnight January 18, 2013)


Student-Athletes will lose their eligibility IF:

1. They agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].

2. They accept any benefits from an agent, a prospective agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].

3. If they participate in a tryout with a professional team that lasts longer than 48 hours, which they have not personally financed.

4. If they tryout with a professional team during the academic year and miss class.

5. If they enter the draft AND do not take the appropriate steps to withdraw and declare their intention to resume intercollegiate participation.


This information was taken from the November 30, 2012 letter sent to football student-athletes from the NCAA.

Daily Compliance Item- 11/21/12- Current Event

Ohio State adjusts Urban Meyer’s bonus due to NCAA sanctions


  • Ohio State was hit with a postseason ban after Urban Meyer was hired
  • The Buckeyes won the Leaders Division, but are ineligible for the Big Ten title game
  • The school is working with Meyer on details of his bonus

When is an incentive bonus not an incentive bonus that becomes an incentive bonus again?

When Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s representatives and university officials work out a way to fix a contract provision that rescued a potential bonus that was headed toward a dead end even as the Buckeyes built an 11-0 record heading into their season finale Saturday at home against Michigan.

It was a dead end that potentially would have cost Meyer $150,000 or $250,000 – a significant amount of money, even for a coach whose base annual compensation is $4 million.

Meyer’s contract includes the prospect of:

— A $50,000 bonus if the team wins the Big Ten Conference’s Leaders Division.

— An automatic one-year extension onto his current contract and a $100,000 bonus if the Buckeyes win the conference championship game.

— $150,000 for playing in a Bowl Championship Series non-title game or $250,000 for playing in the BCS title game.

Because Meyer was hired in November 2011 as Ohio State faced NCAA sanctions that include a ban on postseason play this year, his contract includes specific language addressing the bonuses for this season or any other season in which Ohio State is ineligible for its division championship or the postseason because of rules violations that occurred before Meyer’s arrival.

Regarding the $50,000 division bonus, the contract says Meyer will be paid if “Ohio State has the most wins in the Leaders Division at the conclusion of the last regular season game.” This goal has been achieved, as the Buckeyes have clinched the division’s top record.

There was no work-around for the Big Ten title game.

Regarding the $150,000 BCS bonus, however, it would be paid only “if Ohio State is ranked in the top #3 – #10 in the BCS final rankings”. And the $250,000 bonus would be paid instead “if Ohio State is ranked in the top 2 in the BCS final ranking.”

That created a problem.

A major component of the BCS rankings is the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll, but teams under NCAA sanctions are ineligible to receive votes in the poll. Initially, Ohio State Senior Associate Athletics Director Julie Vannatta said in an e-mail that Ohio State’s position was “what’s in the written contract is correct.”

In other words – no BCS ranking, no bonus.

Last Friday, however, Vannatta said in an e-mail and an interview that Ohio State officials had discussed the matter with Meyer’s representatives and the parties have agreed that the contract will be amended to make Ohio State’s standing in the final Associated Press media poll the determinant of the BCS bonus. Teams on probation are eligible for votes in the AP poll.

Meyer is represented by CAA Sports, which, through spokeswoman Beth McClinton, has declined to comment at any point in the process.

“We both agree that this change is necessary in order to achieve the original intended purpose of the employment agreement between Ohio State and Coach Meyer,” Vannatta said in an e-mail.

With the Buckeyes moving up to No. 4 in this week’s AP poll, a victory Saturday over their archrivals will virtually assure a top-10 finish. Given the way the season has been going recently for highly ranked teams, they could end up in the top two.

And Meyer could end up with the bonus that almost was not.

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Daily Compliance Item- 11/19/12- Football Eligibility Requirement

Blown Coverage is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University. What is the minimum number of credit hours Blown must successfully complete during this fall term in order to be eligible for competition at the start of the 2013 season?

A.  6 hours

B.  9 hours

C.  18 hours

D.  No credit hour requirements


The answer is BNCAA Bylaw state that in football, a student-athlete who is a member of the institution’s football team and who does not successfully complete at least nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term and earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point for the fall term shall not be eligible to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season.  (Adopted:  4/28/11 effective 8/1/11)


This is Division I Legislation.

Daily Compliance Item- 2/22/12- 16.5.2

Ocean State University will conduct its annual spring football game on Saturday, April 14th.  The coaches would like to provide a meal for the student-athletes afterwards.  Is this permissible?

Yes.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/19/95- Meals Incidental to Participation — Spring Football- states that it is permissible for an institution to provide a student-athlete with a pregame or postgame meal or snack during the institution’s annual spring football game, inasmuch as the meal or snack is incidental to participation. [Reference: NCAA Bylaw 16.5.1-(d)]