Just received an email from the Interim Athletic Director, Curt Apsey, that was sent to BAA members with the subject line: Helpful Hints from Boise State Athletics. I'm not sure how much to read into this in regards to our Dutch players or if it is just a general FYI to all potential boosters.
The exact wording unedited after the jump (I've always wanted to say that). Your thoughts? Scared? No big deal?
The start of the 2011 fall sports season brings with it a great deal of excitement and anticipation. This time of year also serves as an appropriate time to remind supporters for Boise State athletics of the collective effort required to ensure that we are compliant with NCAA and Mountain West Conference rules and regulations. As a supporter of Boise State, you are a “representative of the university’s athletic interests,” or more commonly known as a “booster,” and are thereby bound by the same NCAA rules and regulations as the athletic program. It is essential, therefore, that you recognize the role that you play in maintaining the integrity of our program.
Who is a Booster?
A "booster" is a representative of Boise State’s athletic interests. You become a booster if: (1) You have ever been a member of any organization promoting Boise State Athletics; (2) Made any type of donation to the Bronco Athletic Association, Boise State Athletics or any other Boise State booster organization; (3) Assisted in evaluating or recruiting prospective student-athletes; (4) Assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or (5) Promoted Boise State Athletics in any other manner. NCAA Bylaw 13.02.12.1 mandates that when you become a booster, you retain that identity for life and are bound by NCAA rules. Boise State is responsible for your actions.
What is an Extra Benefit?
The NCAA prohibits representatives of the interests of Boise State Athletics from providing extra benefits to prospects and student-athletes. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Examples of extra benefits include loans or cosigning a loan, transportation, housing, free or reduced-cost services, gifts, use of a car, and complimentary tickets and other forms of entertainment. Receipt of an extra benefit can cause a prospect or student-athlete to be declared ineligible.
Boise State University is proud and grateful to have your loyal support and continued interest in our athletic programs, but you should be aware that even the most inadvertent and well-intentioned activity on your part has the potential to violate NCAA rules and jeopardize the eligibility of enrolled and prospective Bronco student-athletes. As we strive for excellence, we must always seek the highest standard of NCAA rules compliance. If you are not sure, please do not hesitate to ask us. With your assistance and cooperation, we can accomplish our goals.
Thank you for your continued support!
Interim Athletic Director