I received this letter today:
Dear Booster Club Member:
You are our most loyal fans, spectators, and supporters. As you are aware, the NCAA mandates that the control and conduct of the Michigan athletics program is the responsibility of the University of Michigan. This responsibility extends to members of Michigan booster organizations and alumni clubs. Please be aware that NCAA rules prohibit you from making in-person recruiting contacts (on- or off-campus), or written and telephone communications with a recruit, the recruit’s relatives or legal guardians. If you know of a talented recruit, please inform the appropriate head coach. Any violations of this rule may impact Michigan’s ability to recruit this prospect.
Likewise, the NCAA places restrictions on extra benefits and special arrangements that student-athletes or their family members may receive. NCAA rules prohibit you from providing transportation, entertainment, meals or anything else of material value to enrolled student-athletes or their family members unless the same benefit is available to all Michigan students or the general public. Any extra benefit given to a student-athlete, no matter how big or small is a violation of NCAA rules and may adversely impact their eligibility for competition and result in the University’s athletics programs being penalized by the NCAA.
University of Michigan’s athletics programs value your continued support. If you have questions, please do not hesitate in contacting the Compliance Services Office at 734-615-7341.
Judy Van Horn, Associate Athletic Director/SWA
The Top 10 Things Fans & Friends of Michigan Athletics Should Know:
1. The NCAA holds the University of Michigan accountable for the actions of its fans and friends.
2. You may not be involved in recruiting prospective student-athletes on behalf of Michigan. A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade or above.
3. You may send newspaper clippings and other information about talented prospects to the Michigan coaching staff.
4. You may not become involved in arranging for a prospect, a Michigan student-athlete or their family to receive money or financial assistance of any kind.
5. You may not provide transportation to a prospect, student-athlete or their friends and family.
6. You may not spend funds to entertain prospects, student-athletes or their friends and family.
7. You may not use a photo or name of a student-athlete for commercial purposes or sell student-athlete memorabilia.
8. You may continue established relationships with friends and neighbors whose children are prospects or current student-athletes, provided the relationship pre-dates high school and is not based on their status an athlete.
9. Breaking NCAA rules can render prospects and student-athletes ineligible for competition at the University of Michigan.
10. Always ask before you act!
Thank You for your Support!
The University of Michigan Compliance Services Office (CSO)
1000 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Absolutely no in- person contact whatsoever? Interesting. I guess I need to cancel my reservations at Webers for Saturday night.............