Common Compliance Questions And Situations
Q: Our local Pirate Club is holding a meeting and Coach McNeill will be attending. My son is a 10th grader and playing football. I would like to bring him to meet the Coach.
A: It would be best not bring your son. NCAA rules limit the time when coaches can be off campus to recruit. Even then they can only meet with senior prospects. Bringing your son to the meeting could make this a recruiting function, which could put everyone in attendance in violation of NCAA regulations. It could also jeopardize your son's future eligibility at ECU. If you want your son to meet Coach McNeill, it would be best to bring him to campus.
Q: Coach McNeill is going to talk to our high school's booster club. Is it okay if I arrange for him to meet and talk to several of the girls on the basketball team after the meeting?
A: Here too, it would be better not to arrange such a contact. The coaches are limited to when and to whom they can meet off campus. They can give a talk at which prospects are present, but they can not meet with them specifically.
Q: I saw a youngster, who I think would be a great prospect for ECU. What should I do? Can I talk to his high school coach?
A: It would be best not to talk to the high school coach. This could be construed as your acting as a "talent scout". If you mention East Carolina, that could be a violation. The best thing to do is contact the ECU coach and give him/her the prospect's name, school and position.
Q: An ECU team will be playing our local college team here. I would like to invite the team over to dinner after the contest.
A: Since meals for away-from-home contests are permissible, it would be okay for you to have a reasonable meal for the team at either a local restaurant or at your home. Be sure to coordinate your efforts well in advance with the coach.
Q: Several ECU coaches recruit in our area. Can we make our spare room available for them for overnight stays?
A: This would be fine.
Q: I have known our neighbor's boy since he was born. Now he is a top recruit in his sport. Do I have to stop associating with the boy and his family?
A: No. If you have a pre-existing relationship with a prospect, it can continue. You can continue with all normal activities you have always done. Don't begin doing special things because he is a prospect.
Q: I don't work for East Carolina, how can the NCAA hold me responsible?
A: The Principle of Institutional Control holds the institution responsible for the actions of its employees, students, alumni and supporters.
Q: I live in Greenville, can I have current student-athletes over to my house to eat and relax and be around my kids?
A: Regulations do not permit "sponsor families" or "adopt-a-player" programs. You can have an athlete over to your home for an occasional home meal. It must be at your home, not at a restaurant, and only for "infrequent, special occasions."
Q: An East Carolina student-athlete has approached me about sponsoring him in a special competition. Is it okay if I send a check to the event? What if he is a senior who has completed his eligibility?
A: You shouldn't do anything until you contact the Athletic Department. In some cases this may be fine, but in others it can carry severe consequences. Essentially you should not provide a student-athlete any funds or anything of value without talking to the Athletics Department. This applies equally to seniors with no eligibility remaining. Most remain bound by regulations as long as they are in school. It could impact their scholarships; your relationaship with the institution and there could be other institutional considerations.