NCAA Compliance

The University of Memphis A Guide to NCAA Rules for Alumni, Boosters, and Friends


If you are going to employ a student-athlete for ANY time period or for ANY job, you must contact the Compliance Office for more detailed rules. Generally, an athletic booster can employ student-athletes, provided the student-athletes are paid the going rate for the work actually performed. HOWEVER, an athletic booster IS NOT PERMITTED to employ a PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE before the completion of the prospect’s senior year in high school. Accurate records must be maintained regarding employment. Therefore, the athletic department asks for your full cooperation.

Impermissible Benefits

Athletic Boosters ARE NOT PERMITTED to provide a prospective student-athlete, a student athlete or friend/relative of a prospective student-athlete or a student-athlete any benefit or special arrangement that is not generally available to all of the University’s students or their relatives/friends.

Impermissible Benefits include, but are not limited to:
  • A special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase or services.
  • A loan of money in any amount.
  • The use of an automobile for any purpose.
  • The purchase of meals or services at commercial establishments.
  • Transportation to or from a job or between student-athlete’s hometown and Memphis.
  • Cosigning of a loan.
  • Selling or providing tickets to an athletic, institutional or city event.
  • Providing gifts of any kind (e.g. Birthday or Christmas).
  • Paying for long distance phone calls or providing the use of a calling card.
  • Providing rent-free or reduced-rent housing.

A Message from the Athletics Director

Dear Tiger Fan,

As we embark on another year for Tiger Athletics, I want to say THANK YOU for your support and belief in our program.

With our success comes a responsibility and commitment to conduct our affairs within the bounds of all NCAA regulations. You, as a “representative of our athletic interest,” are equally responsible for that commitment. This brief review covers commonly asked questions related to what you as a fan may or may not do. We ask that you review this brochure completely. Should you have questions please contact the Compliance Office at 678-4117. Again, thank you for your continued support. GO TIGERS!

Tom Bowen
Director of Athletics

Definition of an Athletic Booster
An Athletic Booster is an individual who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the University of Memphis’s executive or athletic administration to:
  • Have participated in or to be a member of an organization or agency promoting the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program
  • Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution (e.g. Tiger Clubs, Highland Hundred, Fast Break Club);
  • Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes an/or their families; or
  • Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.

Once an individual is identified as an athletic booster, s/he remains so for a lifetime. Athletic boosters are governed by the NCAA and University rules and regulations. The University is responsible for the actions of all athletic boosters. The University can be placed on NCAA probation for the activities of its athletic booster whether or not they are known to or being monitored by the University’s administration.

In addition an athletic booster who has violated NCAA rules can be disassociated from the University’s athletic program. Remember, violating a rule simply because you did not know about the rule is still a VIOLATION and the University WILL BE reprimanded.

Definition of Prospective Student-Athlete

A prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade.

Definition of Student-Athlete

A student-athlete is a student who has enrolled and attended classes at the University or has participated in practice, whichever occurs first.

Role In Recruitment

Athletic boosters ARE NOT permitted to participate in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. They are not permitted to contact (in person, by phone or through the mail) student-athletes from another four-year institution, student-athletes from a junior-college, or high school students regarding attendance at the University. Athletic Boosters are also PROHIBITED from contacting or entertaining prospective student-athletes and/or their relatives and friends during all visits, whether official or unofficial.

Athletic Boosters ARE NOT permitted to reimburse the coach of a prospect for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit the campus. They are also PROHIBITED from entertaining high school, preparatory or junior college coaches at any location.

Occasional Meals
Occasional Meals for student-athletes may be provided. However, the following must be met:
  • The meal must be provided in an individual’s home (NOT a restaurant, but it may be catered at the individual’s home)
  • Meals must be restricted to infrequent and special occasions.
  • Transportation may be provided ONLY if the occasional meal is at the home of THAT athletic booster.

Commonly Asked Questions
  • Q. Can I pay or provide transportation costs incurred by relatives or friends of a student-athlete to visit the campus or elsewhere?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I provide a student-athlete or a prospective student-athlete with tickets to athletic events or concerts?

    A. NO In addition, you may not provide free tickets to friends/relatives of student-athletes or prospective student-athletes. This includes University events as well as professional even

  • Q. Can I provide a student-athlete with a discount to a commercial agency such as a movie theater, a hotel, a restaurant, a car dealership, etc?

    A. NO unless the same discount is offered to all University students.

  • Q. Can I pay, in whole or part, education expenses for enrolled students-athletes or promise to do so for prospective student-athletes?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I provide any payment of expenses or the loan of an automobile for a student-athlete to return home or any other location for any personal reason?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I provide enrolled student-athletes with professional services (for which a fee would normally be charged) for personal reasons?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I give money to entertain student-athletes and friends?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I reward a student-athlete for his/her athletic performance?

    A. NO. All awards must conform with NCAA awards legislation and must be approved by the University.

  • Q. Can I use the name or picture or an enrolled student-athlete to directly advertise, recommend or promote the sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind?

    A. NO

  • Q. Can I or a group of Booster Club Members attend a recruit’s High School contest?

    A. YES, as long as it is NOT at the direction of the Head Coach and NO CONTACT is made.

Compliance Office
University of Memphis Athletic Department
Memphis, TN 38152

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