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LAMAR LOOKING INTO POSSIBLE VIOLATION copyright 2011 by the associated press BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar is looking into whether new men’s basketball coach Pat Knight violated an NCAA rule by allowing two recruits to speak with his father, former Indiana coach Bob Knight. The Indianapolis Star reported that Indiana high school players Donnell Minton and Jason Smith, who both verbally committed to Lamar, talked with Bob Knight by phone during a recent campus visit. Pat Knight, who played for his father at Indiana in the early 1990s, was hired by Lamar in April after being fired by Texas Tech.

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said in an email that, “Generally speaking, telephone calls to prospects can only be made by coaching staff members or those listed in the exceptions.” Those exceptions include the school’s president or chancellor, academic advisers and compliance officers.

NCAA rules state: “All telephone calls made to and received from a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete’s parents, legal guardians or coaches) must be made and received by the head coach or one or more of the assistant coaches who count The Star reported that Pat Knight called his father, then handed toward the numerical limitations.” the phone to the recruits. Bob Knight works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Henderson says Lamar is evaluating what NCAA rule or rules may apply to this case. Lamar interim athletic director and compliance officer Jason Henderson said Thursday the school has been investigating since “There’s a lot of information,” Henderson said. “We just want to make the newspaper contacted the athletic department. sure we get it all right.” “We’re going over everything, and doing all our research, to The Cardinals started practicing Friday. Lamar went 13-17 last make sure we get everything correct,” Henderson said in a phone season. M interview. “We’re moving forward as fast as we can.”

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT (NLI)? The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution. • A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters) • The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters) Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A studentathlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lone one season of competition in all sports.

NLI SIGNING DATES FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES ENROLLING 2012-13 SPORT

INITIAL SIGNING DATE

FINAL SIGNING DATE

Basketball (Early Period)

Nov. 9, 2011

Nov. 16, 2011

All Other Sports Not Listed (Early Period)

Nov. 9, 2011

Nov. 16, 2011

Football (Midyear JC Transfer)

Dec. 21, 2011

Jan. 15, 2012

Football (Regular Period)

Feb. 1, 2012

April. 1, 2012

Field Hockey, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country, Men’s Water Polo

Feb. 1, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012

Basketball (Regular Period)

April 11, 2012

May 16, 2012

All Other Sports Not Listed (Regular Period)

April 11, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012

COMPLIANCE STAFF Nicole Green

Sally Andrews

Ryan Crews

Director of Compliance

Assistant Compliance Coordinator

Compliance Assistant

ngreen@memphis.edu

sandrews@memphis.edu

rcccrews@memphis.edu

570 Normal Street | Memphis, TN 38125 | Office: 901.678.2088 | Fax: 901.678.1653 NOVEMBER, 2011 | VOL. 1


Educational Column NCAA Bylaw 14.5.4.2 -- Transferable English and Math Credit (I) Date Published: September 19, 2011 | Item Ref: 1

IMPORTANT DATES RECRUITING PERIODS

NCAA Division I institutions should note, pursuant to NCAA Bylaw 14.5.4.2, a two-year college transfer student-athlete who was not a qualifier must complete satisfactorily a minimum of 48 semester or 72 quarter hours of transferable degree credit acceptable toward any baccalaureate degree program at the certifying institution, including six semester or eight quarter hours of transferrable English credit and three semester or four quarter hours of transferable math credit. The following questions and answers are designed to assist the Division I membership with the application of this legislation.

Question: If a transfer math course is evaluated and accepted by the institution’s math department as math credit, but is not classified with a MATH label/heading in the course catalog, does the course satisfy the transfer requirement? Answer: Yes, the course satisfies the transfer requirement. The certifying institution’s math department must accept the course as math credit. A label of MATH for the course is not required to meet the transfer requirement.

Question: If a course transfers into an institution as math credit (e.g., MATH 999, MAT XXXX, Math Elective) but is not equated to a specific course offering at the certifying institution (e.g., MATH 101, MATH 2122) does the course satisfy the transfer requirement? Answer: Yes, the course satisfies the transfer requirement. The transferable math course (e.g., MATH 999) is not required to match a specific course offered at the certifying institution. A math elective may fulfill the transferable math requirement.

Question: If a transfer student-athlete’s course is accepted as a quantitative reasoning requirement at the certifying institution, (e.g., computer science, business statistics, philosophy of logic, architectural structures, social science statistics, music acoustics) does the course meet the transferable math requirement? Answer: A course meets the transfer requirement if the math department determines it to fulfill a math credit requirement in any degree program at the certifying institution. A course that transferred into another department but met a quantitative reasoning requirement would not be considered a math course (e.g., logic course offered in the philosophy department).

Question: If a transfer student-athlete’s course is accepted as a humanities writing requirement at the certifying institution, does the course meet the transferable English requirement? Answer: A course meets the transfer requirement if the English department determines it to fulfill an English credit requirement in any degree program at the certifying institution. A course that transferred into another department but met a writing requirement would not be considered an English course (e.g., history course with a writing component).

CROSS COUNTRY / TRACK & FIELD Nov. 1-20 . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 22-30 . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period BASEBALL Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 7-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 11-30 . . . . . . . . . . . . Quiet Period MEN’S BASKETBALL Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . Evaluation Period Nov. 7-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 11-30 . . . . . . . . Evaluation Period WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . Evaluation Period Nov. 7-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 11-30 . . . . . . . . Evaluation Period SOCCER Nov. 1-30 . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period FOOTBALL Nov. 1-26 . . . . . . . . Evaluation Period* * 42 Evaluation Days during the months of Sept., Oct., and Nov. selected at the discretion of the institution and on file in writing in the Athletic Compliance Office. Off-campus recruiters shall not visit a PSA’s educational institution more than once per week during this period. All other dates shall be considered Quiet Period.

Nov. 27-30 . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period SOFTBALL Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 7-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov.11-23 . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 24-29 . . . . . . . . . . . . Quiet Period Nov. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period

[References: NCAA Bylaws 14.5.4.2 (not a qualifier) (applicable to student-athletes who first enroll full time in a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2009), staff interpretation (3/19/09, Item No. b) and an educational column (11/05/09, Item No. 1)]

VOLLEYBALL Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 7-10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 11-30. . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period

Notice about Educational Columns: Educational columns and hot topics are intended to assist the membership with the correct application of legislation and/or interpretations by providing clarifications, reminders and examples. They are based on legislation and official and staff interpretations applicable at the time of publication. Therefore, educational columns and hot topics are binding to the extent that the legislation and interpretations on which they are based remain applicable. Educational columns are posted on a regular basis to address a variety of issues and hot topics are posted as necessary in order to address timely issues. M

ALL OTHER SPORTS Nov. 1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period Nov. 7-10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dead Period Nov. 11-30 . . . . . . . . . . Contact Period

COMPLIANCE STAFF Nicole Green

Sally Andrews

Ryan Crews

Director of Compliance

Assistant Compliance Coordinator

Compliance Assistant

ngreen@memphis.edu

sandrews@memphis.edu

rcccrews@memphis.edu

570 Normal Street | Memphis, TN 38125 | Office: 901.678.2088 | Fax: 901.678.1653

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INTERPS

eligibility Question: What requirements must a prospective studentathlete meet to be certified by the Eligibility Center as eligible for practice, competition and athletics aid? Answer: A prospective student-athlete must: • Graduate from high school; • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses; • Present the required grade-point average on the GPA/test score sliding scale; • Present a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT**; • Complete the amateurism questionnaire. **The sum ACT score is calculated by adding together the score for each subsection (English, Math, Reading, Science) of the exam. The Eligibility Center does not use the ACT composite score. The combined SAT score is determined by adding the Critical Reading and Math sections of the exam. Question: What core courses are required for eligibility? Answer: 16 core courses must be completed as follows: • 4 years of English • 3 years of Mathematics (Algebra 1 or higher) • 2 years of Natural/Physical Science (including 1 year of a lab if offered by high school) • 1 additional year of English, Mathematics, or Natural/ Physical Science • 2 years of Social Science • 4 years of “additional” core courses (foreign language, non-doctrinal religion/philosophy, or any of the above areas). Question: How can high school guidance counselors and athletic administrators help a student navigate through the initial-eligibility process? Answer: Guidance counselors and athletic administrators should: • Know the initial-eligibility requirements; • Map out an academic track for prospective studentathletes as early as possible, and no later than the start of the senior year, to allow for proper scheduling of core courses prior to graduation; • Know how to calculate a core-course GPA; • Understand the special considerations that are given to prospective student-athletes with documented educationimpacting disabilities and how to guide individuals with a disability through the NCAA documentation process; • Create an efficient system to submit information to the Eligibility Center; • Help students identify colleges that fit their criteria (e.g., academics, size, distance from home, location, etc.); • Emphasize the importance of academic performance at all grade levels – grade nine counts towards core GPA just as much as grade 12; and • Ensure that college-bound prospective student-athletes are taking core courses from ninth through 12th grades.

Eligibility of Transfer Student-Athlete for Competition in Year of Transfer (I) Date Published: December 13, 2005 | Item Ref: 1

Interpretation: The committee confirmed that if the institution from which a studentathlete transfers at midyear declares separate nonchampionship and championship segments of its playing and practice season, a student-athlete may compete during the nonchampionship segment for such an institution and during the championship segment for the certifying institution during the same academic year in the same sport, provided the applicable transfer and progress- toward-degree eligibility requirements are satisfied. [References: Division I Bylaw 14.5.5.3 (competition in year of transfer); a 5/25/95 official interpretation, Item No. 5, and a 2/25/04 staff interpretation, item a, which have been archived.] M

2011-12 POPL REVIEW: ELIGIBILITY August 29, 2011 By John Infante

2011-65 – Year of Academic Readiness Sponsor: NCAA Division I Academic Cabinet Intent: To establish a year of academic readiness for two-year college transfers, as specified. Analysis: This proposal basically allows nonqualifiers to enroll for a year at a junior college, practice, and receive financial aid, but not use a year on their five-year clock if they don’t compete. To qualify they have to stay longer at the junior college (five semesters instead of three) and may only play two seasons in any sport once they show up at a Division I school. The move makes sense, but it also presents the first major threat to the five-year clock. That clock is the most important rule in Division I, and if exceptions swallow it, it would change the face of Division I. M

MID-YEAR CERTIFICATION *All student-athletes need to have a minimum of 6 degree applicable hours passed (Football must have 9 degree applicable hours passed to be eligible for Fall 2012) *Any student-athletes who have two full-time semesters or more completed will have their GPA evaluated for NCAA eligibility at mid-year point. M

COMPLIANCE STAFF Nicole Green

Sally Andrews

Ryan Crews

Director of Compliance

Assistant Compliance Coordinator

Compliance Assistant

ngreen@memphis.edu

sandrews@memphis.edu

rcccrews@memphis.edu

570 Normal Street | Memphis, TN 38125 | Office: 901.678.2088 | Fax: 901.678.1653

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