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Best of luck to both men’s and women’s cross country as they compete in the ACC Championships in College Park, Maryland on October 30, 2004.



October marks the start of our monthly rules education sessions. This month’s topic will cover the changes to the National Letter of Intent and revisions to permissible recruiting materials. Please note the dates and times for your staff’s meeting. All sessions will be held in the McFadden team room.


The Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) approved during their September meeting several modifications to the National Letter of Intent (NLI). One key change was reducing the basic penalty for an unfulfilled NLI from a loss of two years of eligibility and a two-year residence requirement to a loss of one year of eligibility and one year of residence. The new provisions will also give institutions the authority to release a student from their NLI obligation, thereby not subjecting him or her to the basic penalty.


With fall break approaching we wanted to remind you that NCAA rules for vacation period expenses have changed this year [NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2 (3)]. It is permissible to provide an extra meal to student-athletes to meet nutritional needs as a benefit incidental to participation for each day of any vacation period that occurs during the academic year, provided the student-athlete is required to remain on campus for practice or competition.




The early signing period for the National Letter of Intent is from November 10-17, 2004. Please be reminded that the dead period will begin at 12:01 a.m. Monday, November 8, and end at midnight on Thursday, November 11 for all sports except football and men’s and women’s soccer.


During the dead period it is permissible to make unlimited telephone calls on the initial signing date (November 10), two days following the signing date and after the prospect has signed their NLI.


In addition, NCAA rules [NCAA Bylaw 13.11.8] now permit an institution to announce the signing of a prospect on multiple occasions with updated information.


Official visit forms can be found on the web at To navigate the site, click on Clemson rules education and official visit forms.




Q: What activities and expenses can Clemson provide to student-athletes prior to the first permissible date of practice for fall sports other than football?


A: It is permissible to designate a single date for issuing equipment, taking squad pictures and conducting non-athletically related meetings on the day prior to the beginning of preseason practice. In addition, it is permissible to begin providing preseason practice expenses to student-athletes on the evening prior to the designated equipment and squad picture day (i.e., lodging and an evening meal). [NCAA Staff Interpretation Jun. 9, 2004; NCAA Bylaws 16.5.2(b),,,, and].


Q: Do NCAA regulations regarding contact by the spouse of an institutional staff member with prospective student-athletes also apply to dependent children of institutional staff members?


A: Yes. Dependent children of athletics department staff members are permitted to have off-campus contact with prospective student-athletes during an official visit within a 30-mile radius of the institution’s campus. [NCAA Staff Interpretation Aug. 25, 2004; NCAA Bylaw]


Q: Is it permissible to provide cash in lieu of the additional meal that may be provided to student-athletes during each day of any vacation period within the academic year?


A: Clemson policy requires student-athletes to eat on campus unless the dining halls are closed. In the event that dining services is closed it is permissible to provide cash provided the cash allowance does not exceed the amount provided to staff members on away-from-campus trips for a particular meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). [Clemson Policy, NCAA Staff Interpretation Sept. 1, 2004; NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2 (e)].


Q: Is it permissible to use pictures of currently enrolled student-athletes on institutional notecards?


A: Yes. Institutions may include color photos of the institution’s athletics department personnel or enrolled student-athletes and other color pictures. [NCAA Oct. 2004 Educational Column; NCAA Bylaw 13.4].

­      Oct. 25, 9:00-10:00: Swimming

­      Oct. 25, 10:00-11:00: Rowing, W. Basketball, M. Soccer

­      Oct. 27, 8:30-9:30: Baseball, M. Basketball, M. Tennis,

W. Tennis

­      Oct. 27, 9:30-10:30: W. Soccer, W. Track, M. Track

­      Oct. 28, 9:00-10:00: Volleyball