NCAA Compliance News
From the Orange & White:Publicity Rules for Prospective Student-Athletes
Recruiting quality prospective student-athletes are the livelihood for any program. The recruiting process has become a major part not only for coaches but also for the media, institution’s fans and supporters. It is not uncommon for fans to track the status of prospective student-athletes from media outlets and celebrate a verbal “non-binding” commitment. We even have a top 25 recruiting poll, which rates the institution’s incoming prospective student-athlete class.
As we approach the National Letter of Intent signing period on November 8-15 for all sports except football and soccer, this is a good time to educate our supporters on the NCAA recruiting publicity rules. NCAA rules are very clear and attempt to minimize the amount of publicity and pressure that are placed on prospects during the recruiting process.
Clemson University is prohibited from:
- making public comments on the prospective student-athletes athletic ability or contribution might make to the team;
- rating a prospect student-athlete for media, scouting or recruiting services;
- permitting the presence of media during any recruiting contact made by a coaching staff member;
- interviewing a prospective student-athlete during a broadcast or telecast of Clemson’s game;
- publicizing or arranging publicity of a prospective student-athlete’s visit to Clemson University or acceptance of a athletic scholarship offer;
- introducing prospective student-athletes at games or functions open to the general public;
- allowing a prospective student-athlete or their family members to participate in activities that would make the media or public aware of their presence on campus; and
- purchasing or receiving commercial advertising (i.e. print, media, or billboard) to be used to identify a prospective student-athlete’s name or picture.
Please remember that NCAA rules prohibit boosters, fans and supporters from being involved in any prospective student-athlete recruiting activities. If you ever have a question regarding how NCAA rules may affect a prospect or student-athlete, do not hesitate to call the Compliance Office at (864) 656-1580 or email at compliance-L@clemson.edu. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation to ensure full compliance with NCAA rules.
Compliance Question of the Month:
Q. Is Clemson University responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
A. Yes, the NCAA Committee of Infractions has made it clear that Clemson University and its athletics department are responsible for the actions of its representatives of athletics interest (i.e. boosters, fans, alumni and support groups.)
As a reminder, once an individual is identified as a representative of this institution's athletics interest, that person remains a Clemson University booster FOREVER.