BOSTON COLLEGEATHLETICS DEPT. COMPLIANCE OFFICE Coaches Meeting March 18, 2008
MEETING TOPICS • White vs. NCAA • Monitoring Student-Athlete Employment • University of Oklahoma Appeal • Outside Competition
White vs. NCAA • “The NCAA is pleased the court has granted preliminary approval to the settlement agreement in the White case, and we hope it leads to final approval on June 30. The settlement allows us to resolve the litigation and enhance the benefits potentially available to former, current and future student-athletes. • “As the NCAA worked to reach agreement, it was important to construct a settlement that supports our emphasis on education and degree completion. The NCAA also wants to help former student-athletes who are part of the class members in this settlement gain career development skills to put that education to use. • “The NCAA believes the full-ride scholarship currently offered is appropriate for the majority of student-athletes, but we recognize there may be some student-athletes whose needs are still not met, despite access to Pell Grants and other need-based aid. By adjusting the rules regarding access to the hundreds of millions of dollars in aid scheduled to be made available for student-athletes over the next several years, it is the NCAA’s intention to help meet any true additional needs of its student-athletes.”
White vs. NCAA • BACKGROUND ON WHITE CASE • The federal judge overseeing the White case granted preliminary approval Monday, Feb. 4, to the settlement agreement, which will benefit former, current and future student-athletes. • Terms of the settlement are as follows:
White vs. NCAA • Expansion of access to existing NCAA funds for the benefit of all student-athletes. These monies from the Special Assistance and Academic Enhancement funds total $218 million through 2012-13 and now will be available to NCAA student-athletes under the guidelines of the Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund.
White vs. NCAA • Creation of a $10 million fund from NCAA reserves to assist former Division I student-athletes who are members of the class action lawsuit. These former student-athletes can seek reimbursement from this fund over the next three years for educational expenses such as degree completion and continuing education. • Class members can apply for a $500 one-time payment for career development expenses (resume preparation, career counseling, job training); • They can also qualify for a maximum of $2,500 per year for three years to reimburse expenses for undergraduate, graduate or professional certificate education. • The NCAA will create a website to explain the benefits and allow these former student-athletes to apply for funds.
White vs. NCAA • Adoption of a new rule permitting (but not requiring) Division I institutions to provide year-round, comprehensive health insurance to student-athletes. • Permission for Division I institutions to provide basic accident coverage for student-athlete injuries stemming from athletics’ participation. • Examination by the NCAA membership to allow colleges and universities to provide multi-year scholarships.
White vs. NCAA • Now that preliminary approval has been granted by the court, class members will be notified of the potential settlement and given an opportunity until May 23, 2008, to review it. A hearing to provide final approval to the settlement is scheduled for June 30, 2008.
MONITORING STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENT NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee Considers University of Oklahoma Appeal – Feb. 22, 2008 The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee partially upheld a failure to monitor violation while reversing a vacation of records penalty imposed last summer against the University of Oklahoma.
MONITORING STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENTUniv. of Oklahoma – cont. While the university raised several points in support of its contention that the failure to monitor findings should be reversed, the committee found that these points did not justify a complete reversal. However, the committee did reverse a portion of the failure to monitor finding. Specifically the committee found, as did the Committee on Infractions, that the university failed to follow established institutional procedures for monitoring student-athletes’ employment when it did not collect in a timely fashion gross earnings statements for 12 football student-athletes during the 2005 summer vacation period.
MONITORING STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENTUniv. of Oklahoma – cont. However, the Infractions Appeals Committee overturned the findings of violation that the university failed to detect that football student-athletes worked at the auto dealership during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 academic years. The committee reasoned that failure to detect the employment of a student-athlete would not in itself constitute a separate violation of NCAA legislation.
OUTSIDE COMPETITION • Outside Academic Year • A student-athlete may compete outside of the institution’s declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period published in BC’s catalog. • Academic Year • A student-athlete who participates as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition (e.g., tournament play, exhibition games or other activity) except while representing BC shall be ineligible for intercollegiate competition.
OUTSIDE COMPETITION • Academic Year Exceptions • Volleyball – a student-athlete may compete outside of BC’s declared playing season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition provided: • Such participation occurs no earlier than May 1; • The number of student-athletes from any one institution does not exceed two; • The competition is approved by the athletic director; • No class time is missed for practice activities or competitions; and • All practice and competition is confined to doubles tournaments in outdoor volleyball, either on sand or grass.
OUTSIDE COMPETITION • Academic Year Exceptions • Field Hockey and Soccer – a student-athlete may compete outside of BC’s declared playing season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition provided: • Such participation occurs no earlier than May 1; • The number of student-athletes from any one institution does not exceed five; • The competition is approved by the athletic director; • No class time is missed for practice activities or competitions; and
Baseball - - 4 Basketball - - 2 Certification needed Field Hockey - - 5 Football - - 5 Lacrosse - - 5 Soccer - - 5 Softball - - 4 Volleyball - - 2 Following Sports are unlimited: Track/Field & XC Fencing Golf Ice Hockey Rowing Swimming Tennis Skiing OUTSIDE COMPETITIONTeam Limitations
OUTSIDE COMPETITIONCoaching Limitations • Coaching Staff • No member of the BC coaching staff may be involved in any capacity (e.g., coach, official, player or league/team administrator) at any time (i.e., during the academic year, vacation periods and summer) with an outside team that involves any student-athlete with eligibility remaining from BC’s team except as provided under bylaws 14.7.3, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 and 17.32.
OUTSIDE COMPETITIONPolicies and Procedures • It is ultimately a coach’s responsibility to monitor a student-athlete’s summer outside competition activities particular to NCAA bylaws. • Compliance reminds coaches prior to the end of the academic school year about the requirement of student-athletes to submit Summer Outside Competition Participation Request Forms prior to participating in any summer outside competition. • Coaches must follow up with student-athletes directly about submitting the forms to Compliance prior to participation.