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NCAA Division I Secondary Case Review: Comments Before Signing Day

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its educational series on NCAA legislation through a review of selected cases involving secondary rules-violations. Today’s post reviews a secondary case involving a violation of NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.10.2 (comments before signing). The bylaws provide:

Bylaw 13.10.2 Comments Before Signing: Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete’s signing with that institution.  

The bylaw was cited in Secondary Case Number 52236 (April 17, 2012), which is summarized below:

Facts: The athletics department’s facebook page posted a link to a news article about a PSA prior to the PSA signing an NLI.

Additional Facts: None.

Institution Action: Rules-education was conducted with the appropriate parties and the post was removed immediately.

Enforcement Action: No further action.

Eligibility Action: None


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)


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