Law & Policy: Rules & Regulations
California Community Colleges Amend Recruiting Rules
by Joe Curley August 2014
California community colleges voted earlier this year to amend their recruiting bylaws to allow the electronic recruiting of potential student-athletes beyond their recruiting areas.
Furor Erupts Over Convicted Killer's Hire as Youth Coach
by Mitch Dudek and Stefano Esposito, Staff Writers July 2014
More than 150 people showed up at a Hegewisch banquet hall Wednesday night to support a slain Chicago Police officer's family who want to know why the man convicted of killing Officer John Mathews 26 years ago was allowed to coach a neighborhood baseball team.
Thorough NCAA Rules Make Lesser Violations Common
by MIKE CASAZZA July 2014
On July 25, 2013, Lacey Gibson, West Virginia University's associate athletic director for compliance, had a meeting with Tomi Oliverio, the director of operations for the women's basketball team. Together they'd review the recruiting materials the Mountaineers were using and sending to prospective student-athletes. This is normal inside the WVU Coliseum and around the athletic department, and this time it produced an abnormality. Gibson recognized that a previously approved envelope used for mailings was 10 inches wide and 13 inches tall. That's a secondary violation of an NCAA rule that allows schools to use envelopes that are 9 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The margin of error between good and bad is literally that small, though WVU does not accept such mistakes and actually has procedures in place to prevent one like that. Recruiting materials are regularly reviewed, and in its self-report to the NCAA last July, WVU said the "impermissible envelope had been reviewed previously by the compliance office but the contents were through email and therefore the size was not evident through the initial review.
Big Ten Coaches Talk Campus Visits After UW Sex Assault
by JEFF POTRYKUS, firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
The No. 1 area of concern focused on the time recruits spend on campus supervised only by a current player, a host, rather than the coaches.
Wisconsin Coach in Favor of Big Games on Neutral Fields
by JEFF POTRYKUS, email@example.com Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2014
Gary Andersen knows Wisconsin's season-opener against LSU on Aug. 30 in Houston has created a buzz in the UW locker room. "I think it gives the kids an edge," he said during the Big Ten preseason meetings this week. "They know that they're going to play in an NFL stadium....It's going to feel like a bowl game.... "Quite frankly, it gives the coaches an edge, too."
Title IX Likely Influenced Ohio State Band Investigation
by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014
Strict federal rules helped chart the course that Ohio State University took as it investigated its marching band, and the course that OSU leaders took in their decision to fire the band director. In the 23-page report that led to the dismissal of Jonathan Waters, Ohio State investigators wrote that federal Title IX rules guided them to the finding that there was a "hostile environment" for students in the band. Based on that finding, federal law required them to act. "Title IX likely loomed large over that decision, especially in today's climate of enforcement," said Erin Buzuvis, a Title IX expert and professor at the Western New England University School of Law.
Release of UNCW Players Highlights Hot-Button Issue
by Eric Detweiler; Eric.Detweiler@StarNewsOnline.com July 2014
Tthe first-year coach's plan to renovate the Seahawks called to the forefront a central tenant in the national conversation on NCAA reform. UNCW is, by NCAA rule, allowed to offer multi-year scholarships but chooses to put all its athletes on year-to-year renewal.
Big Ten's Delany Seeks Better NCAA Enforcement
by Max Cohen; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany says he isn't happy with the NCAA's enforcement process. He discussed the need for improvements Monday on the first day of the conference's media days.
Five Congressmen Ask NCAA to Drop PSU Sanctions
by Jonathan Tamari; Inquirer Washington Bureau July 2014
Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
Some Athletes Don't Use Scholarship Money as Intended
by Mark Smith, Assistant Sports Editor July 2014
It may surprise the casual fans that NCAA student-athletes receive checks, even if they aren't yet playing for pay. But they do. Dawn Martinez, assistant athletic director/compliance at the University of New Mexico, said student-athletes with full-ride scholarships will receive $9,340 for the coming school year if they stay in the dorms. She said off-campus student-athletes will receive $9,970.74. Those funds are divided into monthly checks during the fall and spring sessions.