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Compliance Corner April 2011

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Text Messaging Reminder

NCAA legislation prohibits institutions from sending text messages to prospects (and their parents or guardians) until the calendar day after a prospect signs a National Letter of Intent. Institutions may also send text messages to a prospect on or after May 1 of the prospect’s senior year, provided the institution has received a financial deposit in response to the institution’s offer of admission.

In January 2011, Texas Tech University became the 14th institution in three years to receive a major violation involving either telephone and/or text messaging violations. Over the course of the investigation involving Texas Tech, it was found that 926 impermissible text messages were sent by 16 members of the athletics department to 62 prospects and 25 impermissible text messages were sent to the parent of a prospect. The majority of the impermissible text messages were sent by the men’s golf, softball and football coaching staffs.

Please note the following reminders regarding text messages.


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