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Update on Men’s Basketball Issues. LuAnn Humphrey The Basketball Focus Group (BFG). What is BFG?. Three-person (+1) team of NCAA investigators dedicated solely to the sport of men’s basketball. Abby Grantstein LuAnn Humphrey Kristen Matha Kelleigh Irwin (Contractor).

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Update on Men’s Basketball Issues

LuAnn Humphrey

The Basketball Focus Group (BFG)


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What is BFG?

Three-person (+1) team of NCAA investigators dedicated solely to the sport of men’s basketball.

Abby GrantsteinLuAnn Humphrey Kristen MathaKelleigh Irwin

(Contractor)


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Why the focus on MBB?

  • Recruiting environment characterized as a “cesspool.”

  • Lack of healthy respect for enforcement process.

  • Intent of recruiting legislation being blurred or ignored.

  • Great divide in ethics among MBB coaches.

  • Proliferation of opportunity seekers.


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What is BFG?

The purpose of BFG is to strengthen the enforcement staff’s ability to monitor and enforce rules compliance in men’s basketball through:

  • Expanded outreach efforts;

  • Increased knowledge of the specific issues impacting the men’s basketball recruiting environment; and

  • An enhanced enforcement presence.


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Outreach

In order to develop a better understanding of the men’s basketball recruiting environment, BFG is reaching out to:

  • College coaches;

  • High school coaches;

  • Nonscholastic coaches;

  • Prospective student-athletes; and

  • Parents.


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Information Management

A BFG database has been created:

  • To identify trends and patterns.

  • To connect the dots for more effective and efficient investigations.

  • To serve as a resource for NCAA staff and the membership.


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Investigations/Inquiries

Increased knowledge = increased detection opportunities and improved deterrence.

  • BFG will be more proactive.

  • BFG will be involved in most infractions cases (secondary and major) involving men’s basketball.


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Funneling of Money

A focus for BFG has been the funneling of money by men’s basketball coaches to “handlers” of elite prospects.

  • Proliferation of “handlers” who demand something in return for access to a prospect.

  • Legislative “loopholes” provided shades of gray.

  • Need for clarity in MBB recruiting rules.


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NCAA Board of Directors Actions

Starting in June 2008, BFG launched several investigations into the funneling of money:

  • Many abuses identified relating to camp employment and operations, scouting services and MBB staff hirings.

    Conference commissioners asked for clarity in areas of gray in MBB recruiting to establish a “new day.”


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NCAA Board of Directors Actions

On October 29, 2009, BoD adopted a staggered implementation plan to address funneling of money issues.

  • Combination of interpretations and legislation.

  • Cornerstone is the definition of an “individual associated with a prospect (IAWP).”

  • Coaching suspensions for specific violations.

  • Student-athlete reinstatement component.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

Definition (Part I):

Any person who maintains or directs others to maintain contact* with a:

  • PSA;

  • PSA’s relatives or legal guardians; or

  • PSA’s coach.

    (*Contact at any point during basketball participation)


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

Definition (Part II):

Whose contact is directly or indirectly related to the PSA’s:

  • Athletic skills and abilities; or

  • Recruitment or enrollment at an NCAA institution.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

Definition:

Maintains contact

AND

Contact related to athletic skills or enrollment/recruitment


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

IAWP could include (but is not limited to):

  • Parents;

  • Relatives;

  • Legal guardians;

  • Recruiting advisers (handlers);

  • Personal trainers;

  • Coaches.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

Status as an IAWP means nothing unless a prohibited interaction or activity occurs:

  • Noncoaching staff employment;

  • Camp employment;

  • Donations to nonprofits;

  • Payment of a consulting fee;

  • Use of a 1-900 telephone number;

  • Provision of a recruiting inducement.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

A pre-existing relationship will not negate IAWP status or make actions permissible.

  • A pre-existing relationship is a nonfactor in analysis of whether violations have occurred.

  • A pre-existing relationship may be considered as mitigation in determining penalties.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

  • The classification and analysis of an IAWP should be prospect-specific.

  • Once attached, an individual retains IAWP status until the PSA/SA exhausts eligibility.

  • It is possible to be considered an IAWP for multiple prospects at the same time.


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Individual Associated With A Prospect(IAWP)

Best practices for determining IAWP status:

  • PUT THE BURDEN ON THE MBB STAFF!!

  • Conduct basic internet searches.

  • Review MBB prospect lists.

  • Review OV/UOV records.

  • Spot check MBB phone records/logs.

  • Review emergency contact information for PSAs and SAs.

  • Contact BFG.


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NCAA Board Interpretations

Interpretations adopted (effective Oct 29th):

  • Camp employment (IAWRP);

  • Camp operation;

  • Donations to nonprofits (IAWP);

  • Consulting fees (IAWP);

  • 1-900 phone numbers (IAWP); and

  • Involvement in nonscholastic events on campus.


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Camp/Clinic Employment(Effective October 29, 2009)

Camp/Clinic employment – a violation occurs if

an individual associated with a recruited prospect (IAWRP) works camps or clinics.

  • Only interpretation that has the “recruited prospect” qualifier.

  • Prohibition applies to paid or volunteer positions.


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Camp/Clinic Employment(Effective October 29, 2009)

Status as a recruited prospective student-athlete is triggered by:

  • Camp attendance or enrollment has been solicited;

  • Any recruiting materials have been sent;

  • Any recruiting contact has occurred;

  • Verbal commitment or verbal offer of aid; and/or

  • Bylaw 13.02.12.1 criteria met.

    Mass mailings will not trigger “recruited” status.


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Camp/Clinic Employment(Effective October 29, 2009)

A PSA retains “recruited” status until the PSA:

  • Enrolls at another institution; or

  • If enrolled, after PSA exhausts eligibility at your institution.


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Camp/Clinic Employment(Effective October 29, 2009)

Team Camps:

  • High school coaches are still permitted to attend team camp to coach their teams.

  • High school coach who is an IAWRP may not be employed or receive any financial benefits (e.g., free lodging, transportation, etc.).


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Camp/Clinic Employment(Effective October 29, 2009)

Best practices for monitoring camp employment:

  • Have head MBB coach and recruiting coordinator review and sign off on list of camp employees in advance.

  • Conduct basic internet searches.

  • Compare list of camp employees to names on other recruiting documentation (e.g., OV/UOV forms, complimentary ticket lists, etc).

  • Contact BFG.


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Camp Logistics(Effective October 29, 2009)

Camp Logistics - Institutions must operate all MBB camps in a similar manner.

  • Registration, participation and fees.

  • Advertisements.

  • Lodging, transportation and meals.

  • Awards and mementos.


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Donations to Nonprofits(Effective October 29, 2009)

Cannot donate to a nonprofit organization that benefits (in any way):

  • A nonscholastic team;

  • A PSA; or

  • An IAWP.


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Donations to Nonprofits(Effective October 29, 2009)

The prohibition on donations to nonprofits extends to:

  • Donating items;

  • Attending without pay; or

  • Coaches using personal funds.


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Donations to Nonprofits(Effective October 29, 2009)

Annual Disclosure:

  • Men’s basketball staff members required to affirm that no personal or institutional funds donated to or solicited for a proscribed nonprofit.

  • Disclosure subject to NCAA Bylaw 10.1 (Ethical Conduct).


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Consulting Fees(Effective October 29, 2009)

Consulting Fees - Cannot provide consulting fees to:

  • IAWP.

  • Entity in which an IAWP has a proprietary or financial interest.

  • PSA becomes permanently ineligible for competition at the involved institution.


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Consulting Fees(Effective October 29, 2009)

If SA becomes permanently ineligible at involved institution due to payment of consulting fee, the SA may transfer and not have to sit provided that the new institution applies for an SLR waiver.


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1-900 Numbers(Effective October 29, 2009)

Cannot place a call to a 1-900 number that is connected to a PSA or IAWP.


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Involvement in Nonscholastic Event(Effective October 29, 2009)

No MBB staff or booster involvement in a nonscholastic event held on campus.

  • Nonscholastic is defined based on what entity/person is conducting the event not who is participating.

    [Note: Proposal 2009-100 would prohibit all nonscholastic events on a DI campus and is pending.]


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Noncoaching Staff Hires(Effective January 16, 2010)

NCAA Bylaw 11.4.2- If hire IAWP for a noncoaching staff position within two years on either side of enrollment, involved SA will be permanently ineligible for competition at offending institution.

  • Have to make a choice - IAWP or PSA - Cannot have both.

  • If hire IAWP within proscribed period, SA becomes permanently ineligible for competition at involved institution.


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Noncoaching Staff Hires(Effective January 16, 2010)

If SA becomes permanently ineligible at involved institution due to hire of IAWP, the SA may transfer and not have to sit provided that the new institution applies for an SLR waiver.


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Recruiting Services(Effective January 16, 2010)

NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3 - Established minimum standards before an institution may subscribe to a recruiting service.

  • No prohibition on subscribing to a service affiliated with IAWP if service meets minimum standards unless:

    • Scouting service is tied to a nonprofit foundation that provides benefits to proscribed individuals or entities.

  • Cannot purchase more than one subscription to same service per year.


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Recruiting Services(Effective January 16, 2010)

Minimum standards for subscription:

  • Same rate to all subscribers (across divisions);

  • Publicly identifies rates;

  • Disseminates info quarterly;

  • Publicly identifies scope of service;

  • Provides analysis on individual PSAs (more than demographics or rankings);

  • Provides samples for review prior to purchase;

  • If video, restricted to HS, Prep or 2-year contests (nonscholastic events prohibited).


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Event Tickets(Legislation did not change – No new interp)

  • Coaches may not provide discretionary tickets (i.e., hard tickets) to IAWP.

  • Tickets provided to IAWP must comply with existing NCAA legislation:

    • 13.6.7 (official visits) and 13.7.2 (unofficial visits).

    • 13.8.1 (entertainment of coaches).

  • No preexisting relationship exception.


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Event Tickets

Annual Disclosure (Effective October 29, 2009) :

  • Men’s basketball staff members required to affirm that no event tickets provided to an IAWP in violation of NCAA rules.

  • Disclosure is subject to NCAA Bylaw 10.1 (Ethical Conduct).


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Coaching Suspensions(Effective October 29, 2009)

Suspension from coaching in NCAA tournament and regular season games for violations involving:

  • Noncoaching staff employment.

  • Camp/clinic employment.

  • Camp operation.

  • Nonprofit donations.

  • Payment of consultant fees.

  • Event tickets.

  • Involvement in nonscholastic events.


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Eligibility Consequences(Effective October 29, 2009)

Eligibility consequences for specific violations:

Permanent ineligibility:

  • Noncoaching staff hiring; or

  • Consultant fee violations.

    Notice/letter to PSA requirement:

  • Camp employment;

  • Camp operation; or

  • Involvement with nonscholastic event.


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BFG Resources

BFG Contact Information:

Abby GrantsteinLuAnn Humphrey

317-917-6089 317-917-6023

[email protected]@ncaa.org

Kristen MathaKelleigh Irwin

317-917-6967 317-917-6083

[email protected]@ncaa.org


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BFG Resources

Helpful internet sites:

  • google.com

  • scouthoops.com

  • basketballrecruiting.rivals.com

  • twitter.com

  • http://zagsblog.net

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball.ncaa

  • www.draftexpress.com

  • http://hoopshype.com/agents.htm


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BFG Resources

Helpful internet sites:

  • http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/

  • http://www2.guidestar.org/

  • http://www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/


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BFG Resources

BFG Reference Documents:

  • Scouting services.

  • Institutional summer camps.

  • Nonprofit foundations.


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The Basketball Focus Group

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