NCAA Rules Education

Thank you for your support of the University of Memphis Athletics Department through the Tiger Scholarship Fund.  Your support and commitment to Tiger Athletics is greatly appreciated.  As a supporter, you are responsible for following NCAA rules specific to boosters.  Please review the below information regarding your interaction with prospective, current and former student-athletes.Information pertaining to prospective and current student-athletes, NCAA recruiting and contact rules along with frequently asked questions can be found in the brochure located to the right.  

Extra Benefits
An “extra benefit” is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interest to provide the student-athlete or student-athlete’s relatives or friends a benefit not authorized by the NCAA, or available to the institution’s general student body.
Important Rules

  • A representative shall not provide any special arrangement for a student-athlete unless it is specifically authorized by the UofM Compliance Office.
  • If a student-athlete accepts any benefit based on his/her athletic ability, performance, or reputation, the student-athlete may lose all remaining eligibility for
    participation at any NCAA institution.
  • A representative may provide certain benefits to a current student-athlete if a preexisting relationship is determined.

Additionally, should extra benefits occur, the institution and the student-athlete’s sport may be penalized for lack of institutional control. The source of the benefit may be forced to disassociate from the University of Memphis Athletics Department. 

Activities that are prohibited by NCAA rules include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing use of an automobile or transportation of any type.
  • Providing free or reduced cost housing for any length of time.
  • Providing gifts, free or reduced cost services including meals, drinks, clothing, laundry, haircuts and legal fees.
  • Providing employment for relatives or friends as a result of their relationship to a student-athlete.
  • Providing entertainment for student-athletes (e.g. cash, use of your home or other items of value).
  • Providing awards or monetary gifts to student-athletes for their athletic performance.
  • Providing, arranging, or co-signing a loan for a student-athlete or relatives. 
  • Providing the use of your telephone for free long distance calls.
  • Providing payment for or using a student-athlete’s picture or name to advertise the sale of a product or service.