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Happy New Year!!


Welcome back! Hope everyone had a joyous holiday season. For those of you that have new student-athletes joining the team this semester, please contact compliance services and schedule a time for the students to complete their compliance paperwork.


A special welcome to our new football coaches: Marion Hobby (defense), Vic Koenning (defensive coordinator) and Rob Spence (offensive coordinator).


We need your help! Some student-athletes are paying miscellaneous fines with a credit card. There is a $45 charge applied when using a credit card. A $10 fine becomes a $55 cost. Please advise student-athletes to pay with cash!



The ACC office has asked that we remind non-coaching personnel (e.g., directors of operation, managers) that they may not be involved in any activities during practice and competitions that could be considered coaching (See NCAA Bylaw This is not an issue at Clemson thanks to our staff members serving in those positions who honor legislation.


The signing period for football and men’s and women’s soccer is February 2, 2005. The dead period for those sports only begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, January 31 and ends at midnight on Thursday, February 3. Dead period signs will be posted to serve as a reminder.


Heads up to teams in “nontraditional” season! Your first time to apply the required two-days off per week begins.


Dates and times for the remaining rules education sessions have been distributed. Please return to compliance services by Friday, January 14.


Please note the dates and times available for January. All sessions will be held in the McFadden team room.


­      Monday, January 24: 9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00

­      Wednesday. January 26: 9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00

­      Thursday, January 27: 9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00 and 11:00-12:00



Involved Sport(s): Men’s Basketball

Violations: Ethical conduct, recruiting, impermissible telephone contact, impermissible extra benefits, failure to monitor.

Penalties: Public reprimand and censure, three years of probation, one year ban of off-campus recruiting, reduction of financial awards from 13 to12 in 2005-06 and 13 to 11 for 2006-07, reduction of official expense paid visits from 12 to 9 for the next three academic years.

Lessons Learned: Providing benefits to any individual involved in teaching or directing prospects is impermissible. Coaches must have permission to speak before contacting 4-year college prospects. Athletic staff members and their spouses are prohibited from providing gifts to prospects. It is not permissible to post bail for prospects.


Involved Sport(s): Football

Violations: Improper recruiting contacts and inducements and unethical conduct.

Penalties: Public reprimand and censure, four years probation, postseason ban, limit of 81 total grants for 2005-06 and 2006-07, official expense paid visits limited to 45 for 2004-05 and 2005-06 with no “banking” of unused visits and two assistant coaches receiving a two-year show cause provision.




Lessons Learned: Student-athletes serving as host that they can not give cash to prospects on an official visit. Free lodging on unofficial visits is impermissible on- or off-campus.


Involved Sport(s): Women’s Tennis

Violations: Recruiting, extra benefits and unethical conduct.

Penalties: Public reprimand and censure, extension of one year to the probation period imposed from 2002, head coach given option to resign or be dismissed (head coach resigned), team required to decreased its practice time by one week and head coach given a five-year show cause provision.

Lessons Learned: You must educate coaches on the rules! It is unethical to provide false and misleading information during an investigation. Prospects on official visits may not travel with a team to an away-from-home contest. Prospects can not try-out for Division I teams.


Involved Sport(s): Football

Violations: Gambling, recruiting and failure to monitor.

Penalties: Public reprimand and censure, extension of probationary period until 2007, official expense paid visits limited to 48 for both 2004-05 and 2005-06 and university prohibited from using water craft as transportation or entertainment for recruits during 2004-05 and 2005-06

Lessons Learned: Gambling is not just an issue with student-athletes. Gambling legislation applies to all athletic department staff members. Prospects can’t mingle with boosters on unofficial or official visits. Rental costs should be deducted from entertainment money for prospects entertained with boats or jet skis. Official visit activities need approval!





Q: May student-athletes receive gifts (e.g. Christmas, birthday, graduation, etc.) from coaches or athletic department staff members?


A: NO. NCAA Bylaw 16.02.3 does not permit staff members or their spouses to give student-athletes gifts that are not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. [Interpretation, December 6, 2004].


Q: What is the ticket arrangement for prospects and high school coaches when our men’s basketball team plays at the Bilo Center?


A: It is permissible to provide complimentary tickets for any prospect on an official or unofficial visit because the Bilo Center is within a 30-mile radius of our campus. It also is permissible to provide complimentary tickets to high school or junior college coaches. [NCAA Bylaws and].


Q: Is it permissible to hold official visits during a quiet period?


A: YES. It also is permissible to have off-campus meals during the official visit as long as it is within a 30-mile radius of campus. [NCAA Bylaw].


Q: How many off-days are required during football spring practice activities?


A: During the period of 29 consecutive calendar days of spring football practice, all countable athletically related activities are prohibited during ONE calendar day per week. Outside the playing season and spring practice period during the academic year, all countable athletically related activities are prohibited during TWO calendar days per week. [NCAA Staff Interpretation, December 8, 2004].


Q: Is it permissible to place the prospect’s photo taken during their official visit in the coaches’ office for the prospect to see when they meet with the coach?


A: NO. Personalized recruiting aids are prohibited during an official or unofficial visit. This includes any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospect visits. Everywhere a prospect visits should be maintained in the same manner as they normally appear. [NCAA Staff Interpretation, November 10, 2004].