With no idea that he was breaking an NCAA rule, Idaho Statesman reporter Brian Murphy introduced himself to a highly sought-after recruit after Boise State’s October 19 victory over Nevada, and began asking the high school prospect questions. During his impromptu interview, Murphy was astonished to learn from a Boise State athletics official that his contact with the recruit, who was invited to the game by coaching staff, was impermissible.
As it turned out, one NCAA bylaw forbids member institutions from allowing the media to be present during any recruiting contact by an institution’s coaching staff. Murphy recently recounted that experience in the Idaho Statesman, writing, “Because I’m not an NCAA student-athlete, coach, administrator or booster, I didn’t see how it was possible. But the NCAA rulebook is so big and so byzantine that I guess it was just a matter of time before I tripped over one of its rules in my reporting career.”
Recognizing how difficult it is for anyone to navigate the NCAA maze of rules, the University of Miami’s Department of Athletics is launching a regular column in e-Veritas to ensure all UM staff and fans understand the intricacies of what it takes to remain compliant with NCAA rules and regulations. “Compliance Corner” will provide the most up-to-date information and address timely topics on the bylaws set forth by the nonprofit association that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
“The commitment to compliance is a shared responsibility that all staff members should take pride in,” says Craig Anderson, UM associate athletic director for compliance. “With our NCAA investigation now complete, it is imperative for all institutional staff members to be able to take away the lessons learned and move forward with a clearer understanding of how NCAA rules can affect their interactions with students and fans.”
Clearly, fans are interested. The Department of Athletics’ Compliance is the 10th rated Twitter account for followers within the NCAA.
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