I emailed the athletic department regarding Austin Hatch's teammates giving away (and accepting donations for) "Austin is my brother" wristbands:
Hello Mr. Ablauf,
I was unable to find a contact email for compliance on the athletics web site, so if this question is better suited for someone else, please feel free to forward it on.
AnnArbor.com posted a story (linked above) about Austin Hatch's high school teammates giving out wristbands in support of Austin. They are also accepting donations on his behalf. Myself and some friends would like to purchase (donate) in support of Austin, yet we are worried of potential NCAA violations. Would you have any information on whether or not there may be issues with donating to this cause, since Austin is a Michigan recruit?
BS, LSA '10
Dave Ablauf's response:
Thanks for the email. I wanted to respond to your email and hoped I would have been able to by now but we still haven’t heard back from the NCAA. Our compliance office is working with the NCAA to find out what we can do or tell our loyal supporters in regard to donating to a fund for Austin. We still don’t have an answer back from the NCAA at this point. I appreciate you contacting us to make sure you weren’t doing something that affecting the University. We will be in touch once we getting an interpretation from them.
David Ablauf | Associate Athletic Director | Public & Media Relations
University of Michigan Athletic Department
So right now it seems like we should probably wait and hope for a response from the NCAA.