NCAA probe: Staying in bounds

Take the role of a college star and try to avoid an NCAA investigation. Leave a comment and let us know if you were able to pass!

Picture this: You’re a standout college football star. You’ve led your team to multiple victories and bowl games, and you’ve brought prestige to your university’s football program.

But all of that success comes with a price. As a superstar, you’re constantly offered “rewards” for your talents.

Some of these are fine, but others can become NCAA violations. Some seem obvious. Accepting diamond watches is clearly an extra benefit. Some are trickier. Taking $20 from a former player seems harmless to most — but not to the NCAA.

In June, the NCAA began investigating the North Carolina football team. Its stated reasons were players’ improper contact with agents and receiving impermissible benefits.

Reesenews’ ‘Staying in Bounds’ game lets the user become the football player. You get to make the decisions to see if you can successfully navigate the regulations.

But trust us — just like in real life, it’s harder than it looks.

The questions are taken from NCAA guidelines for Division 1 athletes. Lance Markos, the director of compliance for UNC’s athletic department, assisted in determining the punishments.

Markos made sure to indicate that in a real NCAA investigation, the punishments are more subjective and are based on a player’s knowledge of his potential violation.

So live this life for a while. See if you can beat the NCAA at its own game.

  1. This is fantastic. Nice work, y'all.

    Comment by Jacki Huntington on December 17, 2010 at 5:30 pm

  2. Nice tool . . . Polish it up and sell it to schools for their compliance education programs.

    Comment by Mark on January 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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  5. I disagree with the question about accepting a ride from a coach. You omitted the part of the bylaw that allows for reasonable local transportation on an occasional basis. In most situations a ride home after practice (on occasion) would be permissible.

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  7. Fun and informative game! I passed with flying Carolina blue colors, although I turned down some "perks" that I could have accepted. Better safe than sorry. Of course, I have a supportive family that can afford to pay their own way to games, help me with rent, that sort of thing. Some of these athletes don't have the same "luxuries."

    Comment by Silent Sam on July 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

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