On December 18, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning coaches traveling with prospective student-athletes to campus on an official visit. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “only those coaches who are counted by the institution within the numerical limitations on full-time coaches who may contact or evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus are permitted to accompany a prospective student-athlete [and his or her parents or legal guardian(s)] to and from his or her home to campus on an official visit, regardless of whether such a visit occurs during a permissible contact period; further, that it is permissible for such coaches to transport the prospective student-athlete in an institutional vehicle or the coach’s automobile.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 188.8.131.52.3.1 (football championships subdivision exception), 184.108.40.206 (contact and evaluation of prospective student-athletes), 220.127.116.11 (off campus contact and evaluation of prospective student-athletes) and 18.104.22.168 (transportation of student-athletes relatives, friends or legal guardians); and a staff interpretation (08/17/88, Item No. j), which has been archived.
In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for athletics staff members and coaches.