November 16, 2016 – Conference Championship Awards

To build on yesterday’s post, the NCAA has also provided institutions and conferences flexibility to provide awards to teams that win a conference regular-season or postseason game/tournament championship. Specifically, an institution and conference are both permitted to provide a team with a championship award (regular season and/or postseason) that is valued at $325. For example,…

November 15, 2016 – Participation Awards – Conference Championships

For those unaware, NCAA rules permit an institution and/or conference to provide student-athletes participating in a conference championship contest or tournament with a participation award(s), the total value of which cannot exceed $375. For example, if conference wanted to provide all student-athletes participating in a conference championship game with a $250 Apple Watch and the…

November 7, 2016 – NLI Signees, Highlight Videos and Recruiting/Scouting Services

Scenario: ┬áCarissa Cobblestone, a very highly-regarded women’s soccer prospect, is scheduled to sign with Supernova University on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. Both the women’s soccer team and the sports information department want to publicize Carissa’s official commitment to the institution after she signs. They want to push a social media campaign regarding this important signing…

Nov. 4, 2016 — Publicity After Signing NLI

Scenario: A basketball prospect is schedule to sign his NLI to Hot Springs College on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. As this prospect also lives in the near locale of the institution, he plans to attend the institution’s first regular season home basketball game on Friday, November 11, 2016 via the unofficial visit legislation. The athletics…

Nov. 3, 2016 – Recruiting Coordination Functions

For those unaware of what recruiting actions athletics department staff members could take, here is a helpful chart distinguishing between coaches, graduate assistant coaches (FTB, WCRW) and non-coaching staff members with sport-specific responsibilities, managers and non-countable coaches. The key distinction relates to the ability of coaches and graduate assistants to engage in athletics evaluation activities…