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Iowa Suffers NCAA Violation for Misuse of URL

A good comprehensive audit turns up all sorts of stuff. A good NCAA compliance compliance audit turns that up to 11. Among the violations which Iowa discovered as part of a compliance audit was this gem:

The compliance audit from 2010 through December 2012 found the university’s use of a URL address constituted a logo and was not part of a return address in its recruiting envelopes for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. The women’s field hockey and men’s/women’s swimming teams also used larger-than-allowed postcards for recruiting purposes. The former letters and postcards are either in storage for other purposes or destroyed.

The URL violation stems from NCAA Bylaw, which allows only one logo on envelopes used for recruiting correspondence. Bylaw covers the postcards, which cannot be larger than 4 1/4" by 6".

None of these would be a violation anymore if Proposal RWG 13-5-1 had passed. That would have deregulated things like the content of envelopes and the size of postcards. Instead, the Big Ten lead the fight to keep things like these violations in the NCAA Manual, at least for now.

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