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With a week-and-a-half to go and more hype than the Twilight movies, I'm going to step away from the gridiron and wait until next week to talk about the epic game in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 5
LSU season-ticket holders receive a football fan guide each year, which includes facts, services and a whole lot of ads.
Also enclosed is a booklet entitled NCAA LSU Compliance - NCAA Rules & Regulations For Boosters.
I'm willing to bet most boosters toss that in the trash can and get to reading the fan guide.
Nowadays, it might be wise for everyone to get a copy and read.
The NCAA is on the prowl. And they are on a roll. Just ask Miami, Ohio State,
Some interesting notes from the book:
An individual is considered to be a representative of Louisiana State University's athletics interests (booster) just by being a former student, friend, or fan. Once an individual is identified as an athletic representative, the person retains that identity indefinitely.
According to the booklet, LSU is responsible for the actions of its boosters and support groups and is subject to penalties for any violation of NCAA rules by athletics representatives of their support organization.
As for prospective student-athlete prospects, they are classified as a student in the ninth grade or above. In men's basketball, a prospect is a student in the seventh grade or higher. What's wrong with that picture?
An athletics representative may not contact a prospect or his/her parents in person, by telephone, or in writing. This is not applicable to "established family friends" or neighbors, but it must be understood that such contacts cannot be made for recruiting purposes and cannot be initiated or arranged by LSU coaching staff members.
If a prospect contacts an athletics representative, he/she may answer questions regarding various aspects of LSU as long as NO discussion takes place regarding the LSU athletics program.
An unavoidable incidental contact with a prospect is permissible provided the contact is not prearranged by the athletics representative or an Athletics Department staff member, does not take place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or at the sites of organized competition and practice involving the prospect or the prospect's team.
It kind of makes you not want to leave the house, doesn't it. Never mind big brother, the NCAA is watching YOU.
There's more question and answer stuff.
May an athletics representative speak to a Louisiana State University coach if a prospect is with the coach?
If a Louisiana State University coach is with a prospect, do not approach the coach until the prospect and family have gone elsewhere.
Otherwise the coach will be placed in an awkward situation because he/she will not be able to introduce the prospect to the athletics representative.
In other words, just put the coach in the awkward position of being rude.
There is a lot more, but I'm not going to bore you with all of it. And there are actually some good rules.
Finally, there is this.
What should an individual do if he/she has a question about involvement with prospects, student-athletes, coaches, or has any other NCAA or SEC rules question?
Contact the Louisiana State University Athletics Compliance Office at 225-578-3891.
Typical NCAA. Passing the buck and not willing to answer questions.
And, by the way, if you are a prospect of LSU, I wasn't talking to you.
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