Notes On A Scorecard

Chris Del Conte

Aug. 24, 2011

Special Note: In response to what's been happening at other institutions around the country, I thought it would be prudent to remind ourselves that following all NCAA rules and regulations is an absolute priority. With that in mind, we're taking a one-week break from the normal Notes on a Scorecard format. Please read the below letter and help us make sure we stay in compliance with all NCAA rules. We very much appreciate your assistance in allowing us to have an athletics program that makes the TCU community and Fort Worth proud.

Dear TCU Community:

In light of several recent national NCAA compliance matters, and in our continual efforts to create and promote an atmosphere of compliance within our athletics programs, we appreciate your efforts and support in adhering to the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA.  The administration and operation of a university athletics program in a highly regulated environment requires constant attention to compliance.  As a member institution of the NCAA, Texas Christian University is committed to the adherence to the rules of the association.  

While some may disagree with some of the rules, they nonetheless have been adopted by the member institutions and must, until amended be followed, monitored and enforced.  The reach of the rules extends beyond the athletics department itself, to the greater university community and to representatives of the institution's athletics interests (boosters).  Because of your relationship with our athletics department, you may be considered a "representative" of the university's athletics program.  As a donor to TCU, it is imperative that you pay particular attention to the rules regarding your interactions with any of our current or prospective student-athletes.  Consequently it is necessary for us to inform you of certain rules which may apply to you in your capacity as a booster and to provide you with the current interpretations of those regulations.

Extra Benefits
As a donor, you may not provide a current or prospective student-athlete with any tangible or financial benefits.  Additionally, you may not provide benefits to the family members of a current or prospective student-athlete either.  Providing such benefits is a direct violation of NCAA rules and it could jeopardize the eligibility of the involved student-athlete(s) and ultimately the entire athletics program.  

Some examples of extra benefits include, but are not limited to:
•    Free or reduced cost services, purchases or rentals (e.g., legal services, car repair, meals)
•    Gifts of clothing, equipment, money, tickets to professional sporting events or any other tangible item
•    Loan of money or co-signing on a loan
•    An automobile, use of an automobile or other property (e.g., boat, fishing/hunting lease)
•    Payment for work not actually performed
•    Free or reduced rent or housing
•    Payment to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement
•    Trade for complimentary tickets, memorabilia or other autographed items

Only certified coaching staff members at TCU are permitted to have in-person contact with prospective student-athletes or their family members, regardless if the contact is on or off-campus.  You are prohibited from engaging in any recruiting activities (telephone calls, text, emails, communication via other social media networks) on behalf of TCU.  Please direct all questions from prospective student-athletes and/or their families regarding our athletics programs to a member of our coaching staffs.

By knowing and understanding the NCAA rules we can all best serve the Horned Frog athletics program.  We appreciate your support and remind you that an inadvertent action on your part can jeopardize the eligibility of current and prospective student-athletes and compliance of the University, Conference and NCAA regulations.  

We have been and can be successful and highly competitive living within the rules. TCU Athletics and the school in general are enjoying unprecedented attention and success, and compliance issues would seriously detract from our momentum. You help us maintain the athletics and overall school momentum by helping us stay in compliance. The University is proud to have your loyal support and continued interest in our athletics programs.  As we strive for excellence, we must always seek the highest standard of ethical conduct.  With your support, assistance and cooperation we can accomplish both goals.  If you have do have questions or need further information, please contact our Athletics Compliance Office at 817-257-7525.  Remember to "ASK BEFORE YOU ACT."

Thank you for your support of TCU Athletics. 

Go Frogs!

Christopher Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics                           

Andrea Nordmann
Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

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