Tag:NCAA
Posted on: May 10, 2011 9:46 am
 

5/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NCAA is conducting a "mock" enforcement hearing today at their headquarters. I wonder what recruiting rules some fake coach will break?

- A couple of updates on Michigan recruiting, including possibly stealing an Ohio State commit. Assistant Fred Jackson is the man responsible for the Wolverines' in-state success.

- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman is reeling in the recruits early.

- A high school football star is learning tough life lessons to do his best.

- The nation's top tight end Kent Taylor is trying to stay grounded in the recruiting process.

- Texas and Florida State are the two schools on the top of the recruiting world early in the process.

- Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Auburn are on top for a talented pair of recruits who are a packaged deal.

- Offensive tackle Ryan Ward was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Football recruits stand by Jim Tressel & Ohio St

By MaxPreps contributor Jarrod Ulrey

In the midst of an ongoing NCAA investigation involving Ohio State's football program and coach Jim Tressel, business as usual might be the best way to describe what's going on inside recruiting circles.

On Tuesday, the Buckeyes reeled in a big fish when Upper Arlington (Columbus, Ohio) wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos made a verbal commitment to be a part of their 2012 recruiting class. That came just four days after the NCAA sent OSU President E. Gordon Gee a "notice of allegations" accusing Tressel of lying to investigators when he failed to disclose that a tipster had told him some of his players had been given free tattoos in exchange for signed memorabilia.

"My parents went there and my sister went there, and on top of that, they've got one of the best coaching staffs in the country," said Epitropoulos, who chose Ohio State over Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin. "(The situation with Tressel) made me pause, but I know coach Tressel. It was a lot harder of a decision than I thought, but I couldn't pass up Ohio State."

Epitropoulos became the sixth member of the 2012 recruiting class for the Buckeyes, joining Joshua Perry from Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio), Warren Ball from St. Francis DeSales (Columbus, Ohio), Kyle Kalis from St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), Brionte Dunn from Glen Oak (Canton, Ohio) and Jacoby Boren from Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio).

See who signed with Ohio State from the Class of 2011

In the days after first getting an e-mail regarding the tattoos-for-memorabilia exchange last April, Tressel kept the information and subsequent updates from university officials even as he frequently contacted others about alleged violations by current and former players, according to reports in the Columbus Dispatch. That failure to reveal the potential violations led the NCAA to accuse Tressel of dishonesty and knowingly using ineligible players throughout the 2010 season.

If proven, the allegation could lead to severe punishment from the NCAA.

Read more of this story at MaxPreps

Posted on: April 27, 2011 12:35 am
 

Dunn getting cold feet with Ohio State NCAA news

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ohio State fans might need to get used to taking the bad with the good. Just a few hours after learning they picked up a commitment, news broke that one of their current class of 2012 commitments was exploring other options.

Canton (Ohio) unning back Bri'onte Dunn committed to the Buckeyes in September of last year but now it appears he is no longer verbally committed as news of the NCAA investigation into head coach Jim Tressel is starting to make waves with the Buckeye recruiting class.

"Yeah, I don't know what's going to happen," he told Bucknuts.com. "I'm just going to take my visits like anybody else would do. I don't know what's going to happen with the NCAA investigation, so I'm just going to sit back and see what happens before making a final decision."

Dunn holds offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Penn State among others. The investigation clearly weighted on the running back, as did the fate of head coach Jim Tressel.

"I don't want him to get fired," Dunn said of Tressel. "And I don't want a bowl ban."

Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:31 pm
 

Despite recent news, Ohio State gets commitment

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Things are not going great in Buckeye-land at the moment. Obviously head coach Jim Tressel is under fire with the NCAA sending the school a notice of allegations and everywhere you turn there's column after column has come out calling for his resignation.

The dark cloud over the program, however, doesn't seem to be as dark to some as Ohio State picked up the commitment of Upper Arlington (Ohio) wide receiver and punter Frank Epitropoulos Tuesday afternoon.

"I chose Ohio State because I believe that it is the best football program in the country with a great coaching staff," Epitropolous told BuckeyeGrove.com. "I feel like I can help them at wide receiver and punter."

Many from outside of the state might question why a recruit would commit at this point in time, especially with offers from Stanford, Tennessee and Michigan State among others. Fact of the matter is Epitropoulous is a legacy at the school, with both his father and brother having played for the Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-3, 195 pound athlete caught 29 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns as a junior last year. He is the sixth member of Ohio State's class of 2012.

Posted on: April 17, 2011 8:13 am
 

4/17 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another stop of the Nike Training Camp tour today, this time at Florida State and what is expected to be a great turnout. It's a good year for talent in South Georgia and North Florida and there should be plenty of players who make the trip.

- UCF hosted an impressive number of recruits for their Spring Game yesterday.

- Linebacker Michael Scherer holds several scholarship offers from the likes of Missouri, Michigan State and Stanford and is also hearing from USC.

- Take a look at Clemson's class of 2009 and in hindsight it doesn't appear the Tigers did too well.

- Five-star defensive end Ray Drew will also join the Georgia track team once he gets to Athens.

- The NCAA is going to go Eliot Ness on 7-on-7 and third parties according to a columnist.

- Five recruits from the class of 2011 who could help Michigan right away.
Posted on: April 10, 2011 8:19 am
 

4/10 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The annual TCU Elite 11 was a good start to the weekend, hopefully Texas' finest will be out in force for the Nike Training Camp today as well.

- Alabama has found no NCAA violations in the recruitment of linebacker Brent Calloway.

- Notre Dame early enrollees Ishaq Williams and Aaron Lynch are making a big impact this spring.

- A few local Charlotte players made an impression at the recent Rivals.com/VTO Sports Elite 100 combine.

- Michigan State is looking to expand their recruiting base into Texas.

- A look at some of the top players this spring from the Tampa area.

- Tight end/linebacker Nyeem Wartman is up to seven offers now.

Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Yahoo! Sports statement on Rivals/NCAA issue

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In response to the NCAA classifying Rivals.com as a scouting/recruiting service, the website's parent company, Yahoo!, issued the following statement when reached by CBSSports.com.

"We are in discussions with the NCAA in regards to this issue. This, in no way, affects Rivals.com's ability to provide content to our subscribers nor the general public."

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:33 pm
 

NCAA classifies Rivals as a recruiting service

Posted by Bryan Fischer

News broke Friday morning that the NCAA issued a new staff interpretation that clarifies recent bylaw changes as they relate to a scouting/recruiting service. CBSSports.com has obtained two emails that were sent out on the issue, both of which point out that the NCAA has classified recruiting website Rivals.com as a scouting service. The emails obtained are below and this article provides a good explanation of the resulting changes to the actual NCAA bylaws. Stay tuned to CBSSports.com for more on this developing story.

Email 1:

Today I was contacted by a source that is involved with a college football team.

He informed me of an issue that has popped up regarding coaches subscribing (either paid or comped) to Rivals.com.

The short version is one team in the league was going to subscribe to Rivals.com and was told by its compliance office that it would be an NCAA violation.

They requested assistance from the league office, who got clarification from the NCAA.

Here's what the league coaches received today from an NCAA representative (the bold passage was highlighted in yellow):

I am responding to your question. If a recruiting or scouting service, such as Rivals.com, provides nonscholastic video that is not available for free to the general public, then an institution may not subscribe to the service per Bylaw 13.14.3. All recruiting/scouting services are held to the same legislated standard and we consider Rivals.com to be a recruiting/scouting service. The staff has issued a staff interpretation (4/29/09) and two educational columns (3/10/2009 and 5/4/2010) that discuss this issue generally that I have included below.

The league coaches were instructed to immediately cancel any subscriptions to Rivals.com and to report a secondary recruiting violation if they were or ever have been subscribed (paid or complimentary).

As you can see by the bolded passage above, the issue is with non-scholastic video (camp/combine footage, etc) being behind a pay wall.

I'm assuming there wouldn't be an issue if all that footage was free, but that's just a bit of a guess.

I know I have comped some coaches in the past and have others subscribed to the site. Because I don't want my name in the news for that kind of thing I'm going to cancel all comps and notify the coaches that have subscribed that they should cancel or seek clarification from their compliance office.

Here's some detailed information from the league's office regarding this issue:

Staff Interpretation

Video of Nonscholastic Activities through a Subscription to a Recruiting or Scouting Service (I)

Date Issued: April 29, 2009 Date Published: April 29, 2009 Item Ref: a

Interpretation:

The academic and membership affairs staff determined that it is not permissible for an institution to obtain video (e.g., live streaming video, recorded video) of any nonscholastic activities, including regular game and all-star competition, or any summer camp or clinic competition, through a subscription fee or other associated fee paid to a recruiting or scouting service. Further, it is not permissible to obtain any nonscholastic video that is available only to a select group of individuals (e.g., coaches), even if there is no charge associated with such individuals accessing the video.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 12.3.3 (athletics scholarship agent) and 13.14.3.2 (video services), official interpretation (4/2/87, Item No. 6), staff interpretations (4/25/88, item d and 2/25/09, Item No. 1) which have been archived.]

Educational Column

Videos of Prospective Student-Athletes Participating in Nonscholastic Activities (I)

Date Issued: March 10, 2009 Date Published: March 10, 2009 Item Ref: 1

Educational Column:

NCAA Division I institutions should note that in accordance with NCAA Bylaw 13.14.3.1, an institution may subscribe to a regularly published recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided this service is made available to all institutions and at the same subscription rate for all subscribers. Additionally, in accordance with Bylaw 13.14.3.2, member institutions are permitted to use video services, provided only regularly scheduled (regular season) high school or two-year college contests are involved. Institutions may not contract with the recruiting or scouting service in advance to have a particular contest recorded or provided, and the video service must be available to all institutions at the same cost. Accordingly, it is not permissible for an institution to obtain video (e.g., live streaming video, recorded video) of any nonscholastic activities, including regular game and all-star competition, any summer camp or clinic competition or specially arranged activities (e.g., lifting weights, agility drills), through a subscription to a recruiting or scouting service. However, it is permissible for an institution to observe prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities via video (e.g., live streaming video, recorded video) that is available to the general public, provided there is no subscription fee or other associated fee required to observe the video. Finally, off-campus observation of a prospective student-athlete via video made available by a recruiting or scouting service is considered an evaluation activity and is subject to all applicable evaluation regulations.

The following scenarios will assist member institutions in applying the provisions of Bylaw 13.14.3.2 regarding coaches' use of video services provided by a recruiting or scouting service:

Scenario No. 1: A recruiting or scouting service posts videos of prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities on its Web site for the general public to view. There is no cost (e.g., subscription fee) associated with viewing the video.

Question: Is it permissible for a coach to observe the video posted on the recruiting service's Web site?

Answer: Yes, it is permissible for a coach to observe such video at any time provided there is no fee required and the video is available to the general public. In addition, observation of this type of video would not count as an evaluation.

Scenario No. 2: A recruiting or scouting service provides a free video service of prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities that is available only to collegiate coaches.

Question: Is it permissible for a coach to subscribe to this type of video service?

Answer: No, it is not permissible for a coach to observe a video of prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities that is available only to a select group of individuals (e.g., coaches), even if there is no charge associated with accessing the video. In this case, the recruiting or scouting service is limiting access to the video to a specific group of individuals; therefore, observation of the video would be equivalent to subscribing to the video service.

Scenario No. 3: A recruiting or scouting service charges a subscription fee for a service that publishes written information (e.g., player profiles, rosters) regarding the athletics ability of prospective student-athletes. By subscribing to the published, written materials an individual is also provided, at no additional charge, access to video of prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities.

Question: Is it permissible for a coach to access videos under such an arrangement?

Answer: No, it is not permissible for a coach to access videos of prospective student-athletes participating in nonscholastic activities under an arrangement that requires a subscription to other information (e.g., player profiles, rosters). In this situation, access to the video of nonscholastic activities is contingent on the purchase of or subscription to other information (e.g., player profiles, rosters) and, for the purposes of NCAA recruiting rules, both services would be considered part of a full subscription package. In order for a coach to observe video of nonscholastic activities, the other information (e.g., written information) and the video access cannot be marketed as a package and there cannot be any requirement, direct or implied, that a coach must purchase the other information (e.g., written information) in order to access the video. Further, the video must be made available to the general public at no charge.

[References: Bylaws 13.14.3.1 (published recruiting services) and 13.14.3.2 (video services), official interpretation (4/2/87, Item No. 6) and staff interpretations (2/25/09, Item No. 1 and 4/25/88, Item Ref. d, which has been archived)]

Educational Column

Recruiting -- Use of Recruiting Funds -- Recruiting or Scouting Services -- Criteria for Subscription (I)

Date Issued: May 4, 2010 Date Published: May 4, 2010 Item Ref: 1

Educational Column:

NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2009-56 was adopted in January 2010 with an immediate effective date. This legislation establishes additional criteria that must be satisfied in order for an institution to subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes. Pursuant to this legislation, an institution may subscribe to a recruiting or scouting service involving prospective student-athletes, provided the institution does not purchase more than one annual subscription to a particular service, and the service:

1. Is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers;

2. Publicly identifies all applicable rates;

3. Disseminates information (e.g., reports, profiles) about prospective student-athletes at least four times per calendar year;

4. Publicly identifies the geographical scope of the service (e.g., local, regional, national) and reflects broad-based coverage of the geographical area in the information it disseminates;

5. Provides individual analysis beyond demographic information or rankings for each prospective student-athlete in the information it disseminates;

6. Provides access to samples or previews of the information it disseminates prior to purchase of a subscription; and

7. Provides video that is restricted to regularly scheduled (regular season) high school, preparatory school or two-year college contests and for which the institution made no prior arrangements for recording. (Note: This provision is applicable only if the subscription includes video services.)

The following questions and answers are designed to assist the Division I membership in applying this legislation.

Question No. 1: Who is responsible for ensuring that a particular service is in compliance with the legislation?

Answer: Each institution is responsible for ensuring each service for which it maintains a subscription is in compliance with the legislation.

Question No. 2: Is it permissible for an institution to subscribe to more than one recruiting or scouting service?

Answer: Yes. Provided each service meets the legislated criteria, and the institution maintains only one subscription to each service.

Question No. 3: If a service separates its information by gender, may an institution maintain separate subscriptions for each gender?

Answer: Yes, provided the service requires a separate registration fee for access to information for each gender.

Question No. 4: If a service provides information on prospective student-athletes for multiple sports, can an institution maintain more than one subscription to that service?

Answer: No, an institution may not maintain more than one subscription to the same service unless there is a separate registration fee for access to prospective student-athletes and reports in different sports.

Question No. 5: If a service does not meet the legislated criteria, is an institution required to cancel that subscription?

Answer: An institution must cancel a service that is no longer permissible at its earliest opportunity. Any remaining terms/years on a multiyear subscription purchased prior to January 16, 2010, must be cancelled if the recruiting service is not in compliance with the legislation as of the date payment is due for renewing a single-year subscription. If a subscription to a service that does not meet the legislated criteria was purchased on or after January 16, 2010, an institution is required to cancel the subscription immediately and would be in violation of the legislation.

Question No. 6: May an institution subscribe to a service that offers a discounted subscription?

Answer: Yes, as long as the service offers the discount to all institutions desiring to subscribe, the service is considered to be offered at the same fee rate for all subscribers. However, if a discount requires registration/payment with a separate organization, then an institution is prohibited from subscribing to that service because the discounted subscription rate may not be available to all subscribers.

For example, would the following pricing structure satisfy the requirement that the service is made available to all institutions desiring to subscribe and at the same fee rate for all subscribers?

a. Base price (single program): $300;

b. Renewal discount: $25;

c. International Tennis Association (ITA) member discount: $25; and

d. Multiuser discount (both men and women): $50.

The renewal discount is permissible, specifically because it is available to any institution that continues a subscription beyond one year. The discount for ITA members and multiuser discount is not because all institutions may not qualify for the discounts.

Question No. 7: May an institution subscribe to a service that provides access to nonscholastic video if the service does not shoot, produce or edit the video, and access to the video is free and available to the general public?

Answer: Yes, if the service is only providing a link to video that is otherwise free and available to the general public.

Question No. 8: What is the minimum analysis that may be provided in order to comply with the requirement that the service provides analysis in the information it disseminates beyond demographic information or rankings of prospective student-athletes?

Answer: The information disseminated must include an analysis of each prospect included in the information. A general statement about the college level at which the player may be best suited and a ranking is not sufficient; there must be individual analysis on each prospective student-athlete's skills.

During its April 2010 meeting, the NCAA Division I Legislative Council clarified that individual analysis beyond demographic information or rankings for each prospective student-athlete for whom information is disseminated, must be provided by a recruiting or scouting service in order for an institution to subscribe to such a service.

Question No. 9: Does the provision of event packets at athletics contests or tournaments subject the event to the legislated requirements for recruiting and scouting services?

Answer: Event packets with statistical information regarding prospective student-athletes participating in a specific contest or tournament is not subject to the application of the recruiting or scouting services legislation for institutional coaches in attendance at the event. However, for those institutional coaches not in attendance at such an event, purchasing such information would be subject to the recruiting and scouting services legislation.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.14.3 (recruiting or scouting services) and staff interpretation (4/29/09, Item No. a)]



Email 2:

Just curious if anyone has dealt with this before, one of our coaches received an open ended email from the local rivals.com rep this morning with the following content. Supposedly this message went out to rivals.com reps throughout the country in the last few days.

"Here's what the league coaches received today from an NCAA representative (the bold passage was highlighted in yellow): I am responding to your question. If a recruiting or scouting service, such as Rivals.com, provides nonscholastic video that is not available for free to the general public, then an institution may not subscribe to the service per Bylaw 13.14.3. All recruiting/scouting services are held to the same legislated standard and we consider Rivals.com to be a recruiting/scouting service. The staff has issued a staff interpretation (4/29/09) and two educational columns (3/10/2009 and 5/4/2010) that discuss this issue generally that I have included below.

The league coaches were instructed to immediately cancel any subscriptions to Rivals.com and to report a secondary recruiting violation if they were or ever have been subscribed (paid or complimentary).

As you can see by the bolded passage above, the issue is with non-scholastic video (camp/combine footage, etc) being behind a pay wall.

Lindsey K. Babcock Assistant Commissioner, Compliance & Governance Atlantic Coast Conference



 
 
 
 
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