Monday, February 19, 2007

Thinking about Transferring ?

Make sure you understand the rules. There are many different NCAA rules and regulations for college transfers. For example, transferring from or to a 2 year school is nothing like transferring from or to a 4 year school. The requirements are completely different. You must have a release to transfer from a 4 year school to another 4 year school and be awarded a scholarship...If you are transferring from a 2 year school to a 4 year DI school and you are not a qualifier, you must graduate from the 2 year school first. These are just a couple of the numerous transfer rules you need to know before you decide to transfer. Not knowing the rules can cost you your scholarship or chance to participate in college athletics. Click here for a guide to transfers and additional information to assist you.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

When should I register with the NCAA Clearinghouse?

High school students who plan on competing in college athletics can register as early as their freshman year of high school (9th grade). I would recommend registering with the NCAA Clearinghouse no later than the end of your Junior year(11th grade). By doing this, you will have a good understanding of the NCAA academic requirements you have already completed and the remaining requirements you will need to complete your senior year. If you register during or after your senior year you could put yourself in a situation where you may find out you need additional courses to meet the NCAA qualification criteria, and it could be too late to take the courses. By registering and sending in your high school transcripts and test scores at the end of your Junior year (11th grade) you will put yourself in a good position to becoming an NCAA Clearinghouse qualifier. Much more information like this to assist you

Excellent tool for understanding NCAA rules and regulations

Click here for the tool that has helped many students understand the fundamental principles of NCAA rules and addressed their questions and concerns, allowing them to pursue their college athletic career.

Help with your Questions

information to assist you with your questions

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Great resource for NCAA eligibility help...also covers many other NCAA rules and regulations

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Lots of topics

questions about rules..topics covered here

Friday, September 15, 2006

Question Comments

I'm getting lots of questions all over the board. Please try to post any questions on the most recent post under the comment section. Thanks. I will try to answer as they come in or create a new post with all the answers complied, as I have done in the past.

Bush and the NCAA in the news agian

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted gifts, money and other benefits worth more than $100,000 from two marketing agents while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing at Southern California, according to a report posted Thursday on

After practice Friday, Bush responded to questions about the report much the same as he did when the allegations of improper benefits first were reported earlier this year.

"I'm not worried about any of these allegations or anything like that," he said. "Because I know what the truth is, like I said from day one. Once the smoke clears, everybody's going to see we did nothing wrong."

The report says Michael Michaels, a marketing agency investor who wanted to represent the football star, and current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein lavished Bush and his family with gifts while he was still at USC, each hoping to entice him to sign with them once he left school.

Bush eventually chose Ornstein, which caused a falling out between Michaels and Bush's family.

Speculation over whether Bush and his family received money arose earlier this year in reports that his mother and stepfather didn't pay $54,000 in rent during the year they lived in a house owned by Michaels, who later said the family promised to repay him once Bush went pro.

The NCAA prohibits student-athletes and their families from receiving extra benefits from agents or their representatives. Any improper benefits could lead to NCAA sanctions against USC and retroactively cost Bush his college eligibility and Heisman Trophy.

"Obviously it does affect you just because it is out there," Bush said. "But at the same time I know there's nothing to worry about.

"It makes you want to go out there right away and tell your side of the story. Show everybody the facts, the truth. But you can't do that. That wouldn't be the right way to do it."

The report was based on an eight-month investigation by Yahoo Sports, citing documents and interviews with on-the-record sources close to the situation. It lists several instances in which Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits, including:

-- Suits for Bush's stepfather and brother to wear during the Dec. 10, 2005 Heisman ceremony in New York, a makeover for his mother for the event and limousine transportation -- all paid for by Ornstein.

-- Two hotel stays by Bush, one in Las Vegas and another in San Diego, during March 2005. In both instances, the rooms were paid for by Michaels.

-- $13,000 from Michaels' fledgling firm, New Era Sports & Entertainment, to purchase and modify a car for Bush.

-- $595.20 in round-trip airfare from San Diego to Oakland in November 2005 for Bush's stepfather, LaMar Griffin, his mother, Denise Griffin and younger brother to attend the USC-California game at Berkeley. The charges were put on a credit card belonging to Jamie Fritz, one of Ornstein's employees.

Ornstein said he believes that when Fritz paid for airfare and a limousine for the Bush family's trip to the Cal game, the money was eventually paid back. Asked whether he was aware that such loans could constitute an NCAA violation, Ornstein told Yahoo: "I have no idea."

A phone message left by The Associated Press for Bush's attorney, David Cornwell, and Ornstein were not immediately returned late Thursday.

Ornstein denied to Yahoo any wrongdoing on his and Bush's behalf.

"Reggie Bush never received an extra benefit from Mike Ornstein other than what he was allowed to get from the NCAA when he worked with us," Ornstein told Yahoo. He added Bush was an intern at his marketing company in the summer of 2005. "I feel pretty damn good about that."

The NCAA and Pac-10 are investigating whether any rules were broken when Bush's family lived in the home owned by Michaels. Cornwell also said earlier this summer that FBI agents interviewed him about "potential federal crimes" by phone in June. The FBI would neither confirm nor deny whether a federal investigation was under way.

The NFL players union also is investigating the rent payments.

In a statement released by USC counsel Kelly Bendell, the school said it is cooperating with the probe but "cannot comment on any matter that is the subject of an ongoing NCAA and Pac-10 investigation."

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel told the AP the team would not comment on matters involving Bush when he was in college.

"It doesn't involve the Saints," he said.

The allegations would have no effect on Bush's professional football career, a person within the NFL with knowledge of Bush's standing in the league told the AP. The source asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Bush was expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, but the Houston Texans bypassed him and took North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams. Bush went to New Orleans with the second pick.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rules and Regs

NCAA rules and regulations are constantly changing. Below is a recent rule interpretation as it relates to the selling of a student athletes picture. Please comment and post any NCAA questions you may have.

Educational Column -- NCAA Division I Bylaws, and (Third Party Sale of Student-Athlete Photographs) (I)

Date Issued: Sep 12, 2006
Type: Ed. Column
Item Ref: 1


NCAA Division I institutions are reminded that current legislation does not permit an individual or agency (e.g., private photographer, news agency) to sell photographs of student-athletes with remaining eligibility for private use. Rather, NCAA Division I Bylaw relieves the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) from the obligation to take steps (e.g., send a cease and desist request) to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.

During its April 6, 2005, teleconference, the NCAA Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Legislative Review/Interpretations noted that such steps are unnecessary inasmuch as legal precedent affords individuals and agencies the right to sell photographs for private use. Further, the subcommittee noted that if a student-athlete's name or picture appears on any other commercial items or is used to promote a commercial product or service, the student-athlete (or the institution acting on behalf of the student-athlete) is required to take steps (e.g., send a cease and desist request) to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.

It is not permissible for an institution to permit (e.g., through a written agreement with a third-party) the sale of student-athlete photographs by an individual or agency for private use. The misuse of a student-athlete's picture in this manner continues to be a violation of Bylaw

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Format and Answers

Well the Blog has been running for about a month now. I have received many questions and tried to address as many as possible. The format so far seems to be that questions are kind of just posted all over. Please try to post your questions on the most recent post or article. I will continue to respond as they come in. In addition, please try to visit as much as possible and comment on your experiences to assist others with their questions and concerns. Below are the answers to some of the questions that have been asked recently.

For the individual who started in 2004 as a wrestler. The way it works for DI is that as soon as you become a fulltime student your 5 year clock starts and continues to run even if you leave school. The only option you have would be an appeal to extent your 5 year clock due to the hardship you mentioned. Make sure you mention this appeal to the school you decide to attend and have as much documentation ready to provide to prove your hardship. It works the same for all sports, so If you decide to play football, as you mentioned, the same would apply.

A coach may be able to restrict who plays in an alumni all depends on the school policy..this is not an NCAA rule.

Yes, If a high school player receives money for participating in an athletic event he/she may jeopardize her NCAA collegiate eligibility. It all depends on the situation. There are two many potential situations for me to cover. Basically, before you accept anything, get clearance from the NCAA school you plan on attending.

The NCAA does not regulate coaches’ behavior with student-athletes as it relates to consumption of alcohol. This would be an athletic department policy. Most athletic departments do not allow this.

Coaches can only share an apartment with a player if the player is paying legitimate rent.

The best way to get your “foot in the door” in athletics is to take an internship in one of the departments and get some experience on how things work first hand in the department.

For the individual that experienced the death of the grandmother. Yes the NCAA does have a waiver for this situation. It’s called the Five-Year/10 semester waiver. If the student athlete can demonstrate his situation deprived him the opportunity to participate he could get those years back. But for every two years out, the NCAA gives back one.

If a coach decides to leave the team the players are NOT free to transfer where they want to. They would have to get a release from the new coach or athletic director.

For the junior college athlete. Junior college rules are much different then the NCAA. I can tell you this, you can not drop the class if it makes you a part time student.

Yes, a basketball team can practice on Labor long as it does not exceed 2 hours for the day and 4 for the week.

No the team would not suffer..what you would do, is administer the loan, then report the circumstance to the NCAA as soon as the school reopens.

For the student at Valdosta state,
He has three years left. 06-07, 07-08, 08-09

As of now the Essay (writing) portion you are referring to is not used in calculating freshmen eligibility status out of high school. But I have herd some chatter there may be plans to implement it in the future, but for now the same method is used- Math/Reading. I received your email as well, been very busy out of town…I will definitely contact you when I get back. Thanks