On December 21, 2011, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning credits earned from another institution during an interim term by a football student-athlete. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “credits taken at another institution during the regular academic year in an interim term (e.g., J-term, mini-term) completed before the beginning of the following term (spring semester or winter quarter) may not be used to satisfy the six-hour requirement or the nine-semester/eight-quarter hour requirement. However, these credits may be used to satisfy the 27/40-hour requirement, 18/27-hour and the percentage-toward degree requirements, provided the credits are acceptable for degree-credit at the certifying institution.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA Bylaws 126.96.36.199 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 188.8.131.52.6 (additional requirements — football), 184.108.40.206.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 220.127.116.11.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), 18.104.22.168.7 (credit from other institutions), and an official interpretation (12/20/06, Item No. 1).
In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance: a) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches; and b) review current progress towards a degree policies and procedures; and c) review progress towards a degree compliance by current football student-athletes.