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  • 1. Pros and Cons of NCAA Regulations By: Joshua Zavadil Persona: Coach/ Committee Member. Audience: NCAA Legislature All nine players interviewed in this report wish to remain anonymous.
  • 2. National Collegiate Athletic Association Regulations on Athletes
    • The regulations outlined by the NCAA determine certain things an athlete can have, what an athlete can do, what a booster can provide, and what the schools and coaches can provide.
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  • 3. Recruiting Regulations – Pros
    • The rules outlined by the NCAA help to restrict unwarranted item distribution such as , cash, transportation ,clothing, discounts of any kind.
    • These rules help keep collegiate athletes in an amateur state. Any regular receipt of money would qualify these players as professionals.
  • 4. Recruiting Regulations – Pros
    • All schools get a fair chance at each recruit regardless of the player’s background or caliber.
    • An anonymous Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals had this to say on the issue of recruiting regulations. “ ...all (sic) schools supposingly ( sic) get an equal chance to recruit a (sic) athlete despite the size of the school cause the only thing they can offer is a scholarship and nothing else. ( sic)”
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  • 5. Recruiting Regulations – Cons
    • Many schools will often break the rules to give their team an advantage in recruiting a certain player.
    • An example of this is Albert Means. In the Fall of 1999, Means’ coach Lynn Lang brokered a $200,000 agreement for Means to play for the University of Alabama. When it was all said and done, Alabama was placed on probation and a set amount of scholarships were taken away each year.
  • 6. Recruiting Violations – Cons
    • Too much pressure is placed on the student to choose a school and not to focus on their grades and qualifying academically.
  • 7. Athlete Regulations – Pros
    • The rules defined by the NCAA for scholarship and walk-on athletes are working effectively to keep all athletes as amateurs.
    • The rules instituted by the NCAA have been very defined and are generally easy to follow and understand.
  • 8. Athletic Regulations – Cons
    • Boosters ,alumni, and even other friends cannot associate too closely with athletes.
    • A former Wide Receiver for the University of Alabama stated ,” Technically anything can be construed as a violation. If a booster gives me a piece of candy that could be a violation. (sic) i (sic) know it sounds dumb but whe (sic) 9 met my financial advisor he wouldn’t (sic) give me a piece of gum because i (sic) was still playing. seriously. (sic) “
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  • 9. Athletic Regulations – Cons
    • The rules are too nitpicky. As stated by my source in the last slide, most things outside of what happens and what is performed by each person on a personal basis can be construed as a violation.
    • In 2006, Steve Spurrier’s wife was cited by the NCAA and South Carolina was sanctioned because she sent Christmas cards to every player.
    • There are two types of violations : Secondary and Major.
  • 10. Types of Violations
    • Secondary Violations are defined as, “ one that provides only a limited recruiting or competitive advantage and is isolated or inadvertent in nature.”
    • A major violation is defined as, “any other violation, specifically those that provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.”
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  • 11. Athletic Regulations - Cons
    • Most players have a great amount of pressure on them from the university to perform well. This pressure has been proven to hurt the student’s grades.
    • 54 percent of Division 1-A football players graduate, and 44 percent of D1-A basketball players graduate.
    The statistics above were provided by CQ Researcher Online.
  • 12. Athletic Regulations - Cons
    • Most players have no possible way to make any extra income aside from their provided scholarship money. A QB for the University of Tennessee reports , “ the school do not (sic) pay us enough at sometimes (sic) it feels like. we think we shud (sic) be able to get paid more often for what we put ourselves threw (sic) and the hours we put in every week.”
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  • 13. Regulation’s Effects on Basketball and Football
    • The recruits are treated like property during their recruitment and during their stint at the university.
    • Athletes are posed as pros at some schools, thus putting a great amount of pressure on the athlete to perform above and beyond. This in turn has a direct effect on some player’s grades.
  • 14. Regulation’s Effects on Basketball and Football
    • A former Cornerback for Virginia Tech had this say when asked if the regulations in place were working. “ For the most part I think they do. Its about equal to police and bad guys. Not everyone will commit crimes but some people will .… that’s why you see some teams go on probation and lose scholarships.”
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  • 15. Regulation’s Effects on Basketball and Football
    • Boosters and alumni have become a very distracting part of the athletic program. 3 of the 9 players interviewed spoke on the issue of boosters and alumnus being close to the program, and sometimes getting carried away in their interactions with the athletes.
  • 16. Regulations Effects on Other Sports
    • On the contrary, in most other sports that are members of the NCAA the rules are working very effectively. The D-1AA schools and schools that focus closer on sports such as baseball, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, and golf do not have nearly as many violations as the D1-A and those with football and basketball.
  • 17. Regulations Effects on Other Sports
    • The lack of popularity surrounding each of the smaller programs and sports listed before has made for a lot fewer problems with booster and alumnus association with players.
  • 18. Proposed Amendments
    • Out of the 9 athletes interviewed, 100 percent of them proposed that the NCAA provide a stipend for every scholarship player.
    • A player for the University of Tennessee said , “I (sic) think that the NCAA should let the university give the scholarships (sic) players more money a month. we(sic) get a scholarship check to pay for rent and food since we do not live in the dorms anymore, and sometimes it seems it is not enough.”
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  • 19. Proposed Amendments
    • Leeway should be allowed in the booster and alumnus contact rules.
    • Some of the rules that need to be amended are as follows: A booster is not permitted to provide a prospect, a member of a prospect ’ s family, a prospect ’ s legal guardian, or a prospect ’ s friend any special benefits or arrangements, including, but not limited to: cash or loans, co-signing or arranging a loan , gifts of any kind (clothing, airline tickets, holiday cards, etc.), special discounts for goods and service and use of an automobile.
    The rules above were provided by the Tidewater Hokie Club
  • 20. Proposed Amendments
    • A former Wide Receiver for the the University of Alabama had strong feelings on this subject. He said, “Also i (sic) believe that players should be able to eat out with alumni [ or boosters] if they want. That isn't a big deal to me. In business peolple (sic) wine and dine there clients all the time but that is normal. The university treats football as a business so why should it be any different.”
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  • 21. Proposed Amendments
    • Each person interviewed believes that athletes should be provided a certain amount of money per month or per semester, at the school’s discretion.
    • A former Wide Receiver for the Tennessee Titans said, “ … I would like to see players paid a certain samount (sic) of money a month. the (sic) ncaa (sic) has taken football and made in into a moneymaker…and none of this would be possible with out the players.”
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  • 22. Conclusion
    • There are many things that are working well for the NCAA in regards to the regulations currently in place. However, there are issues concerning both recruiting and scholarship athletes that I believe should be changed. I agree with the players I interviewed for the most part.
  • 23. Conclusion
    • Recruiting Changes: I propose that the NCAA outlaw contact from coaches to recruits more than 2 times a week. This is distracting to the player and many of these players end up not qualifying. This means the team not only wasted a scholarship on the player, but he/she will also have to attend a community college to play football,basketball,etc.
  • 24. Conclusion
    • Scholarship Athlete Changes: I propose that the NCAA approve a stipend for every player , regardless of the school’s size. Each school should be required to pay the NCAA a certain amount of their annual income. This money would then be distributed evenly to each D-1A,D-1AA and so on and so forth.
  • 25. Conclusion
    • Finally, I believe boosters, alumni and even friends should be allowed to interact with athletes on a personal basis. A salary should not be permitted, but going out to a restaurant, seeing a movie, going to another athletic event should not be prohibited. It happens in business and other areas, so it should be allowed to happen in college within reason.
  • 26. Works Cited
    • &quot;Booster Rules.&quot; Tidewater Hokie Club . 01/12/2007. Tidewater Hokie Club. 10 Jan 2008 <>.
    • &quot;Compliance : PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING A VIOLATION.&quot; . University of Alabama Athletic Department. 10 Jan 2008 <>.
    • Price, Tom. &quot;Reforming Big-Time College Sports.&quot; . 19/03/2004. 10 Jan 2008 <>.
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