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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (TCU) ATHLETICS COMPLIANCE NEWSLETTER Compliance Staff: Andrea Nordmann Associate Director Athletics Compliance 817-257-6899


Volume 3, Issue 10 May 7, 2008

The Compliance Update

John Cunningham Esq., Assistant Director of Compliance, Rules Education, 817-257-5869,

Coaches’ Edition

New Legislation Impacts Recruiting Practices beginning in August 2008 and August 2009 In April, the NCAA Board of Directors completed the 2008 legislative cycle by adopting 18 legislative proposals, defeating two others and tabling another for next year. Listed here are two adopted proposals that will impact the recruiting process for all sports. In your monthly May meetings, other proposals will be reviewed.

Kyle Yates, Assistant Director of Compliance, Monitoring, 817-257-7068 Stephanie Key Administrative Assistant 817-257-7525

May Recruiting Calendar Baseball Contact/Eval Period: May 1-31

Effective August 1, 2008: Men’s Basketball 2007-16-B Limitations on the numbers and duties of coaches—recruiting coordination functions and preparation of general recruiting correspondence Quiet Period: Status: Adopted, 60-Day Override Period Process Diagram Intent: To eliminate the preparation of general recruiting correspondence as a recruiting coordination function that is restricted to coaches that count toward the limitations on the number of coaches.

May 1-31

Women’s Basketball Quiet period: Rationale: Greater flexibility is warranted in the preparation of general re- May 1-31 cruiting correspondence. However, a complete elimination of the recruiting coordination function restrictions could result in a proliferation in the number of noncoaching staff members employed by institutions. Allowing noncoaching staff members to prepare general recruiting correspondence would alleviate some of the administrative burden on coaches and permit them to focus more attention on traditional coaching duties and the needs of current student-athletes. Effective August 1, 2009:

New Legislation—2007-66 Eligibility —Two-Year college transfers, Transferable English and Math Status: Adopted, 60-Day Override Period Process Diagram Intent: To specify that in order for a transfer student from a two-year college who was not a qualifier to be eligible for institutional financial aid, practice and competition during his or her first academic year in residence, he or she must have successfully completed six semester or eight quarter hours of English and three semester or four quarter hours of mathematics at the two-year college that are transferable toward any baccalaureate degree program at the certifying institution.

Football Evaluation Period: May 1-31 (except for those days in April/May not designated above for evaluation opportunities) Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Equestrian and Rifle: Contact/Eval Period: May 1-31 Track Contact Period: May 1-31

Rationale: Currently, two-year college transfers are subject to progresstoward-degree requirements immediately upon enrollment at the certifying Volleyball institution. Therefore, a two-year college transfer student-athlete must be Quiet Period: May 1-23 prepared for immediate academic success at the time of transfer. The proContact Period: May 24-31 gress-toward-degree requirements create academic and eligibility challenges as soon as a two-year college transfer student enrolls at the certifying institution. This proposal will help alleviate this potential problem and help ensure that students who were not qualifiers have the academic tools needed for success. A student who completes the required English and math coursework will be better prepared to succeed academically and, ultimately, graduate from a four-year college.

Selling or Exchanging Awards

Summer Course Replacement

Student-athletes that receive awards, whether they are TCU awards, conference awards or NCAA awards cannot sell or exchange those awards for anything of value. In recent years, eBay and websites like it have made it easy for studentathletes to hawk their wares in exchange for cash. This is an extra benefit violation and can lead to student-athletes losing eligibility. Please be careful to monitor this type of activity and report it to the compliance office if it occurs.

A prospect must complete 16 core courses at the time he/she graduates from high school in order to be certified as a qualifier (in addition to minimum gradepoint average and ACT and /or SAT score requirements). If a prospect graduates from high school and is short one core course or less and / or does not meet the minimum grade-point average requirement, he / she can complete up to 16.1.4 Types of Awards, Awarding Agencies, one core course following graduation. Maximum Value and Numbers of Awards. The core course must be completed durAthletics awards given to individual student-athletes ing the summer or academic year immeshall be limited to those approved or administered by diately following graduation. The prosthe member institution, its conference or an approved pect can take the course at any high agency as specified in the following subsections and school or post-secondary institution. A shall be limited in value and number as specified in this section. Awards received for intercollegiate ath- prospect may not receive institutional filetics participation may not be sold, exchanged or nancial aid while enrolled in a core assigned for another item of value, even if the student-athlete's name or picture does not appear on the course during the summer after the prosaward. Each of the following subsections is indepect’s graduation. For example, it would pendent of the others so that it is permissible for an not be permissible for TCU to provide a individual student-athlete to receive the awards deprospect with athletically related finanscribed in all subsections. cial aid during the summer if the prosCertification Exam Materials pect is completing his/her core course requirement at a high school or postsecondary institution. The 2008-09 NCAA Coaches Certification test and all supporting resources are available. If the link doesn't work (the NCAA website can be a bit flaky at times), go to the NCAA home page and follow the path: Legislation and Governance/ Rules Compliance/Certification-Self-Study &

Key Point: Replacing a letter grade of ‘D’ with a letter grade of ‘A’ in a summer school course can lower a prospect’s required SAT score by 40 points.

Training/Coaches Certification Test.

SPANING THE COMPLIANCE GLOBE. . .ONLINE ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY University of Michigan: Rodriguez wants WVU booster to retract comments TCU Student Assistant Develops Ranking System Under Review by NCAA: Possible.Ranking.System.Under.Review.By.Ncaa-3330328.shtml New Mexico Gets Charge Dropped By NCAA Investigators

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