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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The Basketball Focus Group (BFG)
Three-person (+1) team of NCAA investigators dedicated solely to the sport of men’s basketball.
Abby GrantsteinLuAnn Humphrey Kristen MathaKelleigh Irwin
The purpose of BFG is to strengthen the enforcement staff’s ability to monitor and enforce rules compliance in men’s basketball through:
In order to develop a better understanding of the men’s basketball recruiting environment, BFG is reaching out to:
A BFG database has been created:
Increased knowledge = increased detection opportunities and improved deterrence.
A focus for BFG has been the funneling of money by men’s basketball coaches to “handlers” of elite prospects.
Starting in June 2008, BFG launched several investigations into the funneling of money:
Conference commissioners asked for clarity in areas of gray in MBB recruiting to establish a “new day.”
On October 29, 2009, BoD adopted a staggered implementation plan to address funneling of money issues.
Definition (Part I):
Any person who maintains or directs others to maintain contact* with a:
(*Contact at any point during basketball participation)
Definition (Part II):
Whose contact is directly or indirectly related to the PSA’s:
Contact related to athletic skills or enrollment/recruitment
IAWP could include (but is not limited to):
Status as an IAWP means nothing unless a prohibited interaction or activity occurs:
A pre-existing relationship will not negate IAWP status or make actions permissible.
Best practices for determining IAWP status:
Interpretations adopted (effective Oct 29th):
Camp/Clinic employment – a violation occurs if
an individual associated with a recruited prospect (IAWRP) works camps or clinics.
Status as a recruited prospective student-athlete is triggered by:
Mass mailings will not trigger “recruited” status.
A PSA retains “recruited” status until the PSA:
Best practices for monitoring camp employment:
Camp Logistics - Institutions must operate all MBB camps in a similar manner.
Cannot donate to a nonprofit organization that benefits (in any way):
The prohibition on donations to nonprofits extends to:
Consulting Fees - Cannot provide consulting fees to:
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.
Cannot place a call to a 1-900 number that is connected to a PSA or IAWP.
No MBB staff or booster involvement in a nonscholastic event held on campus.
[Note: Proposal 2009-100 would prohibit all nonscholastic events on a DI campus and is pending.]
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.
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.
NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3 - Established minimum standards before an institution may subscribe to a recruiting service.
Minimum standards for subscription:
Annual Disclosure (Effective October 29, 2009) :
Suspension from coaching in NCAA tournament and regular season games for violations involving:
Eligibility consequences for specific violations:
Notice/letter to PSA requirement:
BFG Contact Information:
Abby GrantsteinLuAnn Humphrey
Kristen MathaKelleigh Irwin
Helpful internet sites:
Helpful internet sites:
BFG Reference Documents: