How Well Do You Know NCAA Rules?

Submitted by Zone Left on June 10th, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Quiz from the Cleveland Plain Dealer about NCAA rules. It's interesting to think about how difficult it must be to actually get 18 year-olds to understand the various minor violations.


2. The team's star linebacker is headed to the local banquet hall to speak (for free) at a pee-wee football dinner. He swings by the athletic offices, where the head coach notices he's not wearing a tie. The coach pulls one from his drawer, tosses it to the linebacker and wishes him good luck with the speech.


4. After practice, the team trainer notices a few players walking to their off-campus apartment in a snowstorm. He stops to give them a lift.

I got 11 out of 15 right, but one of the rules has changed relatively recently, so I'll give myself 80%.



June 10th, 2011 at 10:57 PM ^

Those one was #2, which isn't clearly one way or the other in the example ("Possible"), though I didn't know a quick loan of one item would be a violation.  I got #4 wrong, because as it states, the rule changed, and I wasn't aware of the new (and more reasonable) standing. And I got #8 wrong, but I don't even see that as correct. No where in the example is he going to the booster's house for his "participation". And he's not going to a parent's house in the example, but a flat out booster, which in the example has no ties to anything the player has done, or to the player, or to even another player. Just the program.  So while it may fall under the parameters of "occasionally", I don't think it qualifies in any of their categories. So I'd say it's far more "possible violation" than permissible, and question how wrong  I really was on that one.


June 11th, 2011 at 1:00 AM ^

It seems to me that, according to the Plain-Dealer, boosters are allowed to give the team meals "occasionally" as long as it is at the booster's house house or on campus.  That does seem a little surprising though.

Where do I sign up to start having the team over for meals?


June 11th, 2011 at 1:06 AM ^

Yes these are hair-splitting "possible" violations. These are nothing like what Tressel did. His are so obvious even my dog knew they were wrong.


June 11th, 2011 at 8:32 AM ^

1. During dinner, a super fan of the local college basketball team notices a few of the players glued to the big-screen TV at a nearby sports bar. To show his appreciation, he buys them a pitcher of pop and an extra-large bucket of spicy wings. He's not an official booster.

Stopped reading after this one... it's Soda, not pop... and who buys a pitcher of it anyway? Seriously though, I failed.


June 11th, 2011 at 3:29 PM ^

A player can get there to rescue him but it requires borrowing a car from a dealership which is really tricked out and awesome. Can he save the puppy?


Come on. Yes many of the rules are stupid and potentially hard to navigate. That's why there is an office filled with people to help navigate them. The motivation behind this quiz is pretty obvious. How 'bout another?


A star quarterback receives $40 k for singning items for a booster, several nice cars and some tatoos. The coach and compliance are aware and ignore that the whole team is making out like it's Christmas. Is this a violation?