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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (TCU) ATHLETICS COMPLIANCE NEWSLETTER Compliance Staff: Andrea Nordmann Associate Director of Athletics Compliance 817-257-6899 a.nordmann@tcu.edu

Volume 3, Issue 1 August 1, 2007

The Compliance Update

Kyle Yates, Assistant Director of Compliance, Monitoring, 817-257-7068 k.yates@tcu.edu

Coaches’ Edition

John Cunningham Esq., Assistant Director of Compliance, Rules Education, 817-257-5869, j.a.cunningham@tcu.edu

Recent Flurry of NCAA Activity Provides New Interpretations of NCAA Bylaws

August Recruiting Calendar

⇒ The NCAA has taken a small step back from its previous stance

Baseball Contact/Eval— August 1-31

that all four-year transfer athletes must have been eligible at the previous institution to receive financial aid at the certifying institution. Now, there are two exceptions to this general rule. Eligibility of Four-Year Transfer Student for Institutional Athletically Related Financial Aid. (I) Date Issued: Jul 11, 2007

The committee determined that a four-year transfer student-athlete may receive institutional athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution regardless of whether he or she would have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term at the previous institution, provided: 1. The student-athlete transferred from a four-year institution that did not sponsor the sport on the intercollegiate level while the student-athlete was in attendance, provided the student had never transferred from any other collegiate institution that offered intercollegiate competition in that particular sport; or 2. The student-athlete never competed in intercollegiate competition and did not engage in other countable athletically related activities in the sport beyond a 14-consecutive day period. ⇒ The end of the recruiting text message brings with it questions

about what is and what is not considered a text message for purposes of this new rule. Here is the first response from the NCAA regarding this issue: Use of Service or Software that Converts Electronic Mail into a Text Message. (I) Date Issued: Jul 11, 2007 The committee determined that it is not permissible for institutional staff members to use a service or software that converts electronic mail (e.g., e-mail) sent by an institutional staff member into a text message when received by the prospect.

The End of the Recruiting TEXT MESSAGE Beginning today, August 1, 2007, Division I and Division II college coaches are banned from contacting prospects via instant message or text message.

Men’s Basketball Quiet Period—August 1-31 Women’s Basketball Quiet Period—August 1-31 Football Quiet Period—August 1-31 Volleyball Contact/Eval—August 1-31 All Other Sports Contact/Eval—August 1-31

Did You Know ? NCAA bylaws permit alumnus to participate in an occasional practice session with their former institution’s team. Date Issued: Dec 03, 1992 Type: Official Interpretation:

Alumnus participating in occasional practice session with former institution's team. It is permissible for an alumnus of an institution (e.g., former student-athlete) to participate in an occasional practice session with a member institution's intercollegiate athletics team. [Reference: 14.1.6.1 (requirement for practice)] But remember, Former student-athletes cannot coach during these workouts.


Tailgate Reminder May my team have a tailgate party? 1) The student-athletes bring their own food; 2) The tailgate is used as your permissible training meal; or 3) It may count as one of your twice per semester occasional meals

Review of TCU’s One-Time Transfer Exception Policy In the absence of compelling cause, TCU will generally grant to eligible student-athletes receiving athletically related financial aid a waiver of the NCAA one year residence requirement (Bylaw 14.5.5.2.10) with the following exceptions:

A) A waiver is not permitted with respect to an Meals on Official Visits A prospect, the prospect’s parents, legal guardians and spouse may eat institution that, at the time of “request to transat a tailgate provided the meal counts as one of the permissible 3 meals fer”, has the sport nationally ranked in the top 15 per day. in a sport-specific poll recognized by TCU;

Anyone else accompanying the prospect (i.e., sister, brother, friend, etc.) may eat but MUST PAY THE ACTUAL COST OF THE MEAL B) A waiver is not permitted with respect to an PRIOR TO THE TAILGATE. Failure to pay is a violation. Obtaining institution that employs a staff member in the reimbursement at a later date is impermissible. student’s sport who was previously employed Meals on Unofficial Visits A prospect, the prospect’s parents, legal guardians, spouse and anyone else accompanying the prospect MUST PAY THE ACTUAL COST OF THE MEAL PRIOR TO THE TAILGATE. Failure to pay is a violation. Obtaining reimbursement at a later date is impermissible. You must charge the actual cost of the meal. It is impermissible to charge a nominal amount for a meal (i.e., $3 or $4). If you have hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, etc., the actual cost of the meal is going to be less than if you have ribs, chicken and salad.

by TCU in the same sport within the past six years; C) A waiver is not permitted with respect to an institution that is a member of the Mountain West Conference

“Request to transfer” as used herein means the student-athlete’s official initiation of the process of transferring by the completion of TCU’s transTransportation fer request form. Request to transfer may be iniYou may provide the prospect with transportation to show the prospect tiated only once in an academic calendar year. practice and competition sites in your sport and other institutional facilities located within a 30-mile radius of campus. It is NOT permissi- Poll rankings shall be as of the date of the request ble to provide transportation to an athletics event (on or off campus). to transfer.

Soccer (No Early Period) Initial Signing Date: Feb. 6, 2008 Final Signing Date: Aug. 1, 2008

Basketball (Late Period) Initial Signing Date: Apr: 16, 2008 Final Signing Date: May 21, 2008

All Other Sports (Early Period) Initial Signing Date: Nov. 14, 2007 Final Signing Date: Nov. 21, 2007

Football (Midyear JC Transfer) Initial Signing Date: Dec. 19, 2007 Final Signing Date: Jan. 15, 2008

All Other Sports (Regular Period) Initial Signing Date: Apr. 9, 2008 Final Signing Date: Aug 1, 2008

Football (Regular Period) Initial Signing Date: Feb. 6, 2008 Final Signing Date: Apr. 1, 2008

ACT

Basketball (Early Period) Initial Signing Date: Nov. 14, 2007 Final Signing Date: Nov. 21, 2007

2007-2008 SAT/ACT Test Dates September 15, 2007 October 27, 2007 December 8, 2007 February 9, 2008

April 12, 2008 June 14, 2008 ________________________________ October 6, 2007 November 3, 2007 December 1, 2007 January 26, 2008 March 1, 2008 May 3, 2008 June 7, 2008

SAT

NLI Signing Dates 2007-2008 Class

SPANING THE COMPLIANCE GLOBE. . .ONLINE ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY Ex-Coach Commits NCAA Violation, Clemson says http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/20070727-1500-clemson-ncaaviolations.html Schools Targeting Younger Recruits http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2007/07/29/ a1b_recruit_0729.html


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