I wrote earlier today about California high school football recruit Keisean South receiving some fancy personalized envelopes from Texas A&M that look like they were designed by cheerleaders. Cute, right? Eye-catching design.
And then we received a tweet from @JJCronk saying this sketch artwork was a NCAA violation. He’s right.
As specified below, an institution may provide the following printed materials [hard copy or electronically (see Bylaw 188.8.131.52)] to prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians, their coaches or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved: [D](Adopted: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, Revised: 4/15/08, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10, 5/27/11)
(a) General Correspondence. General correspondence may be sent only by mail, subject to the following provisions: (Revised: 3/8/06, 5/25/06, 12/12/06, 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07, 4/15/08, 4/24/08 effective 8/1/08, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10)
(5) An envelope used to send the correspondence may only include the institution’s name and logo or an athletics logo (in addition to the postage, return address and addressee information) on the outside, must be blank on the inside when produced and may not exceed 9 by 12 inches; and (Adopted: 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10)
As for Miami, that sure looks like Hurricanes product Ed Reed on the cover of of the school’s recruiting letter. Do those envelopes used by Texas and Tennessee look bigger than 9X12?
We’ve got violations all over the place here.
So now, besides paying football players, national media types can rail against the ridiculous rule that you can’t have Texas A&M hostesses draw on envelopes.
I’ll be curious to see how big of a hammer the NCAA brings down on A&M in the first NCAA rules violation scandal broken by BC.