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Im not sure of the schedule we will have on our official visit this weekend but I have made friends with several of you on this board and was wondering if there was any interest in meeting this weekend for a greet and eat. I know coach said we would probably take in half of the Bowl game and Im sure we will be touring the campus again on Saturday. We will be arriving around lunch or shortly after on Friday so Friday evening should be free as I think most of the official visit activities will be on Saturday. Anyone interested and have a suggestion on a location?
This post was edited by lilred61 18 months ago
I live out of town but you should definately go eat at Montego's. Close to campus, the food is great, and they are big-time supporters of Jag football.
Check out the Full Monte burger. I've been there 3 times; every food item I've had there has been very good. Not to mention that they show Jag away games on their TVs.
Horizontally enhanced, vertically challenged, follically impaired...
On a serious note, are we, as South Alabama "boosters", allowed to meet with Noah and his family? I would hate to bring down the wrath of the organization who shall not be named.
I would think we can, we just can't pay for their dinner or anything. Not sure, though.
I agree with Tiguar. I can ask coach but as long as we pay for our meals I think meeting is ok.
Please ask. I wouldn't want to take any chances.
Got this from Texas A&M board.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to telephone or correspond with prospects once they have committed to, or signed a National Letter of Intent with Texas A&M for the purpose of congratulating them?
A: No. Even if the purpose of the call/correspondence is only to congratulate the prospect, he/she is still a prospect and contact rules continue to apply after committing or signing with an institution.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to communicate with prospects and their families, whether in person or in writing to give them advice on choosing a college athletics program?
A: Generally, no. If a prospective student-athlete wrote or called you, you would be allowed to respond in writing or take the phone call and answer questions about the university that do not relate to athletics. Questions about athletics should be referred to a member of the coaching staff.
Q: Can a booster interact with a prospective student-athlete through Facebook, MySpace or any other social networking site?
A: No. A booster should not have any type of interaction with a prospective student-athlete through social network sites or forums.
Q: Are there any exceptions to having contact with a prospect?
A: Generally, no. Prospective student-athletes may not be contacted until they become student-athletes at Texas A&M. However, contacts between a prospect and a booster regarding permissible pre-enrollment activities such as discussions about legitimate summer employment opportunities with a booster’s business can occur only after the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent.
Q: At what point do prospective student-athletes become student-athletes at Texas A&M?
A: An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier):
The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution’s (for example Texas A&M) regular academic year (excluding summer); or
The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term; or
The individual officially enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach of a prospect for transportation expenses incurred when the coach brings the prospect to A&M for a campus visit?
A: No. This would be an impermissible benefit and may not be provided.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to provide transportation to or from campus or free admission to an athletics event on or off Texas A&M’s campus to prospects, their friends or relatives?
A: No. This is an improper benefit and would jeopardize the prospect’s eligibility.
Q: Can a booster take a prospect or younger individual to a Texas A&M athletic event?
A: This is a common question we receive, so here is a scenario. A booster who has a prospect-aged son would like to bring his son and his son’s friend (also a prospect and potential Aggie recruit) to an Aggie football game at Kyle Field. The father has indicated that he has known his son’s friend since the two boys were in pre-school and that he has provided his son’s friends with tickets and travel to Aggie home games for the past several years. The father further indicated that once in Aggieland, he may take his son and his son’s friend to visit with friends and family at a pre-game tailgate. In this scenario, taking the prospect to the game and tailgate would be permissible provided:
The father has a pre-existing relationship with his son’s friend;
The father’s relationship with the prospective student-athlete did not originate in athletics; In this example, it appears it originated in his son’s friendship;
The father did not arrange the proposed benefits, his son did;
The father provides only benefits that he has previously and consistently provided to his son’s friends, irrespective of athletic ability, for several years; and
Neither the father nor his friends or family solicit the prospective student-athlete’s participation in athletics at Texas A&M. The last item is necessary due to NCAA rules that preclude boosters from soliciting the enrollment of a prospect to Texas A&M. If you would like to bring an individual to a game who is a prospective student-athlete and you are still unsure if doing so would violate NCAA rules, please contact the Athletic Compliance office.
Q: May a booster drive a prospective student-athlete with whom he has no logical ties or pre-existing relationship to a game?
A: No. It is not permissible for a booster to transport a prospect to a Texas A&M game. The only persons who may transport a prospective student-athlete to a game are his/her parent, family members, friends, or coach.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to pay, in whole or in part, registration fees associated with sports camps?
A: No. Boosters may not pay fees associated with sports camps on behalf of a prospective student-athlete.
Q: May boosters send newspaper clippings and other information about prospects that they feel may be important to the coaching staff?
A: Yes. Boosters may reach out to Texas A&M coaches regarding a prospective student-athlete, but a booster may not reach out to the prospective student-athlete about playing for the institution.
I knew about the prior relationship clause. I have a Dr friend that had done facial surgery on Noah for years and he invited us to stop by his tailgating tent but it was just to say hello. We did not eat any of his food since we had never been there before to eat.
You may be right. We may not be able to meet anyone who is a booster. I have sent a msg to coach but have not heard from him yet.
Looks as if the invitation to meet and eat will have to be cancelled. It may be too hard to determine who is considered a booster and who is not. Also got an update on itinerary and it seems we wouldnt have time anyways. Sorry to all my friends on here. Im sure we will have opportunities after Noah is enrolled this summer to meet for lunch or something when we come down for a game or visit.
The NCAA / booster rules are pretty strict. I would enjoy having lunch with you but I donate to the school so I'm considered a booster even though us having a conversation wouldn't necessarily benefit you or your son.
Crazy rules but I understand why they're in place. Have a safe trip down and enjoy the weekend
Season ticket holders are also considered boosters
So in theory, students are boosters as well. We do pay for EVERYTHING it seems.
Class of '14. Go Jags! South in your Mouth!
Yea it seemed like a good idea at the start but dont want to bring down the house by doing anything wrong. I understand why the rules are in place but its a pain that good honest people cant simply enjoy one anothers company simply because a son is a recruit.
Like I said once Noah is on campus and in class we will all have to get together for a laugh and good food.
I like the sound of that sir. Glad to hear of someone being so proud to be a part of the JagFamily
LILRED61......I want to extend our apologies beforehand. If per chance one of us visits the same restaurant, etc. that you and your family choose to eat a meal at and we recognize Noah, you and the family, please don't be offended if we do not greet you with "How is the visit going?", or "Is everything going fine?" A snub is not what we want to display....but, may be the required thing to stay within the rules.
By all means......Have a great visit with the Coaches, to the Campus, and the City of Mobile and the festivities for the week-end in question.
I hope all future encounters can be more accomodating and loaded with entertainment.
Please correct me if I'm wrong but if you happen to see a family with 3 large young boys (one of them extremely large) walking around at the Senior Bowl I think it's perfectly acceptable to walk up to them and introduce yourself, shake hands and make normal conversation. What you aren't supposed to do is seek them out or encourage them to come play a sport at the University. That would be considered recruiting and only certain people are allowed to recruit. Everyone wants to treat these kids like they live in a bubble for fear of getting the wrath of the NCAA but they are still human beings and they are entitled to a little southern hospitality, there's just certain things that you can't do (gifts, recruit, etc.). Otherwise the NCAA would make them wear a sign that says "PROSPECTIVE RECRUIT - DO NOT TALK TO ME" wherever they go.
This post was edited by rockytopjag 18 months ago
You are correct.
Just don't give them anything or start recruiting them to the university.
Guilty, as charged, your honor. I did see Noah and say "Go Jags", but I hope you will believe me when I say I couldn't afford to pay for the amount of food this guy requires. I throw myself on the mercy of the court!
For the Red, White, & Blue: Go Jags!
Started my day with a laugh.That was good.
Communication with Athletes....I served as an Student Athletic/Trainer and Volunteer with the basketball team during the Cliff Ellis days and was also close to the athletes during Coach Arrow's first stint at the University. Of course, I was a student until 1979 these communication rules are a bit far reaching...You cannot talk to the athletes? I guess I became a booster when I graduated and started making donations to the school...but has anyone thought that the athletes want to be mainstream and be like normal students? For example, a student on a full academic scholarship gets the same as a student on an athletic scholarship...I guess I have issues with not being able to treat and talk them as a person, individual the human element is lacking...all I can do is look and stare at them...this is beyond crazy...
Maybe I am misunderstanding what you are saying, but these communication rules would only apply to ***prospective*** student athletes, not to those who have enrolled in USA.
Thanks for the update but once they are enrolled you have another set of rules...we still have to treat them differently...correct? I plan to go see Isiah Masten play a basketball in Birmingham, he has signed a NLI but is not currently enrolled, can I communicate with him?
This post was edited by cman1956 18 months ago
Yes, there is another set of rules once they are enrolled. You can communicate with the student athlete all you want. You can invite him or her for the "occasional" meal at your home. You can transport him or her to and from your home for that meal. You cannot take him or her out to eat, or provide transportation elsewhere. Birthday cards are OK; birthday parties that include the entire team are OK; birthday gifts are not OK. Etc...
I would guess you could communicate with Isiah, but I am not positive.
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