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Oct 28, 2019

Clemson Compliance Corner

Clemson Compliance Corner - Transportation to Prospects for Recruiting Visits

Please remember, as an IPTAY member, you are considered a representative of an institution’s athletics interests (i.e., booster) for Clemson University. As such, the NCAA has strict guidelines concerning boosters and their relationship with prospective student-athletes (i.e., generally 9th – 12th graders or any other unofficial visitors, prep school students, and junior college student-athletes). Accordingly, under NCAA rules, generally boosters should not be providing transportation to prospects and/or their family or friends who are coming to campus for a recruiting visit. However, there is certain flexibility afforded by NCAA rules to boosters if they have a preexisting relationship with a prospect. To meet the NCAA standard for a preexisting relationship, at a minimum, the following must be met:

  • Relationship predates prospect’s athletics participation
  • Relationship predates the recruit’s status as a prospective student-athlete (i.e., generally 9th – 12th grade or any other unofficial visitors)
  • Relationship predates prospect’s status achieved as a result of athletics ability or reputation

If the preexisting relationship test is passed, there may be flexibility afforded to the IPTAY member. However, there is massive risk in this area that could affect the eligibility of prospective student-athletes if they were to enroll at Clemson, so it is imperative we all do nothing to run contrary to NCAA rules in this area.

Please continue to Ask Before You Act and always feel free to contact Clemson University Athletic Compliance Services at