On March 2, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning institutional athletics department staff members providing transportation from an airport to campus for a prospective student-athlete. Specifically, the staff confirmed “it would be permissible for any athletics department staff member, including volunteer, undergraduate, or graduate-assistant coach (as opposed to a student-athlete) to use an institutional automobile to transport a prospective student-athlete from a bus or train station or airport to campus on the occasion of the prospective student-athlete’s expense-paid visit or initial arrival at the institution to attend classes.
This interpretation referenced NCAA III Bylaws 13.5.4 (transportation to enroll), 126.96.36.199 (transportation on official paid visit – from airport) and a staff interpretation (10/14/98, Item No. 19), which has been archived.
In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches.