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Compliance Corner: Social Media Sites

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As we continue our weekly series clarifying NCAA compliance rules, here's a look at the social networking bylaws from the Compliance Office.

NCAA Bylaw 13.01.4 prohibits a booster from "making in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephonic communications with a prospect or the prospect's relatives or legal guardians."

Thus, NO written, telephonic or in-person communication is permitted between a recruit and a booster of an NCAA institution regardless of the medium.

If any fans, boosters, alumni or other supporters of USC have any contact (e.g., in-person, instant message, Twitter, Facebook or My Space, text message, e-mail, fax) with a recruit, especially to encourage their attendance at USC, there could be serious consequences such as:

  • USC would have an NCAA violation to report to the NCAA enforcement staff;
  • The recruit would become ineligible to participate in athletics at USC, and before any of the Trojan coaches could continue to contact the recruit, USC would have to rule him/her ineligible and then seek reinstatement through the NCAA office; and
  • The fan/booster/alumni involved could jeopardize their standing with the USC athletic department.
We know that Trojan fans are the most dedicated and supportive in the country so please if you have any questions about NCAA rules, contact our office at any time at 213/740-3832 or e-mail athcomp@usc.edu



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"NO written, telephonic or in-person communication is permitted between a recruit and a booster of an NCAA institution regardless of the medium."

Sign language via skype is not written, telephonic, or in-person. Sign language is hand-gestures, therefore not written. Telephonic implies sound (or else it wouldnt be PHONIC), which sign language does not have. And since it is via Skype (or whatever else), it is not in-person. It didn't take me long to come up with a loophole, I'm sure people who are actually interested in doing this kind of stuff would have much more creative and viable ideas to do so. NCAA rules are a joke.

"If any fans [...] of USC have any contact (e.g. Twitter) with a recruit, [...] there could be serious consequences[...]"

So if mention Matt Barkley on Twitter and he retweets my tweet, he would become ineligible?

Or are recruits only High School players who are considering USC?

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