Post by Dean Wormer on Oct 15, 2017 22:48:15 GMT -5
With Tom Gilmore's dismissal today, came a flurry of new registrations for the board. We know at least 1 is the parent of a player being recruited and I suspect there may be others.
I remind you that under NCAA Rules virtually every one of us is considered a "representative of Holy Cross' Athletic interests" and regardless of what is asked or who starts the conversation, the rules are clear for us
A representative of athletics interests MAY NOT engage in any solicitation of a prospect or his/her family for the purposes of securing the prospect’s enrollment at the College of the Holy Cross. However, it is permissible to forward the name and information about a prospect to Holy Cross coaches.
Outside of a cordial thank you for being here, there is little information we can provide, little we can say to prospective players, their families or coaches without risking violating the NCAA regulations. Therfore we will maintain a strict policy of deleting anything that goes beyond greeting posters we know to be connected to a prospetive student athlete.
I know it stinks, but I will keep the line bright to ensure we stay clear of any appearance of a voilation.
You can read more details about the rules for representatives of HC's athletic interests here.
Serious question Dean - what are the parameters? I mean, for the most part, everyone on here are just fans or alums. I cannot see how all of us would be reasonably viewed by the NCAA as reps of the program or the school. Every similar board has posts encouraging commitments, etc. Can we not say, "come to HC, you will love it?" Is it the fact that the communication is direct to a recruit's parent?
Post by Dean Wormer on Oct 16, 2017 8:50:36 GMT -5
inhoc (and anyone else asking the same question)
From the links provided above (emphasis is mine)
Representative of Athletic Interest
A representative of Holy Cross’ athletics interests is:
- An individual who is known by a member of the Holy Cross administration to have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization that promotes the Holy Cross athletics program. - An individual who has made financial contributions to the Holy Cross athletics program, the Crusader Athletics Fund or the Holy Cross Varsity Club. - An individual who has assisted (or who has been asked by the athletic department) to assist in the recruitment of prospects. - An individual who has provided benefits to current student-athletes and their families. - An individual who has been involved otherwise in promoting the Holy Cross athletics program.
Some examples of representative of athletics interests are:
Fans, undergraduate students, graduate students, all university faculty, staff and other employees and alumni. (This is not an exhaustive list.)
That means, just about all of us and it is easier to keep the lines bright than try to determine who is who on a somewhat anonymous message board.
Under rule, there is no prohibition tovtalking among yourselves about Cross football or other issues. If a parent of a recruit post an inquiry the rule comes into play. Best practice is to note rule and politely decline to answer. A parent who joins and just reads board does not restrict your conversations on any topic. It is very common for recruit parents to drop in for a look. I've cautioned posters on Lehigh board about same issues. I note that players and coaches do read fan boards. All should keep that in mind when posting
It is kind of a fuzzy area and obviously no one wants to go anyplace near that fuzzy line or give even a hint of perceived impropriety.
That being said, this is a public message board and on one knows who is or is not a parent of a prospect. Many of us have posted about how nice the Luth complex is. It would be wrong to direct a comment like that to the parent of a prospect. But it's hard to imagine how it could be wrong to throw something like that out in a public forum about Holy Cross athletics on the chance that a parent might be visiting this forum.
We must follow all the rules, but at some point common sense kicks in. We're all HC fans here. We should be smart enough to tell when we're crossing the line, especially since the Dean was kind enough to remind us of the rules