The following is a note from the Iowa State Compliance Department.

Because of recent happenings in college sports around the country, questions have been raised regarding established relationships with and providing benefits to student-athletes and their relatives. The NCAA has previously provided interpretation on this area.

In determining whether a prospect or current student-athlete, or their family members, may receive benefits prior to or during their collegiate enrollment from someone other than a family member, the following four-prong test is used:

-Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete’s parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) develop as a result of the athlete’s participation in athletics or athletics reputation?

-Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete’s parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) predate the athlete’s status as a prospective student-athlete?

-Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete’s parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) predate the athlete’s status achieved as a result of his or her athletics ability or reputation?

-Was the pattern of benefits provided by the individual to the athlete (or the athlete’s parents) prior to the athlete attaining notoriety as a skilled athlete similar in nature to those provided after attaining such stature?

The origin and duration of a relationship and the consistency of benefits provided during the relationship are key factors in determining whether the benefits provided are contrary to NCAA bylaws. As always, should you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Compliance Office prior to providing any benefits to prospects, current student-athletes, and/or their families.

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