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• ‘Tis the season for holiday greetings from KU, and I’ve been getting a bunch of them. (That opening sentence is just for my managing editor, Dennis Anderson, by the way.)
I even got a holiday greeting from the KU Compliance department — the real one, not the fake one.
They reminded me about all the illegal and legal activity I can participate in if I’m a booster of KU athletics. And I’m pretty sure I qualify as a booster because I had season football tickets this year. I know, I know about the football tickets. But it’s OK. I knew what I was getting into.
At any rate, here are some of the rules:
• I can’t give an athlete a gift of any kind for any holiday. But I can cook him or her a meal that’s been pre-approved by the Compliance Office. Woe to the athlete who takes me up on that offer.
• I can get an autograph from a student-athlete, but I can’t sell it for personal gain or profit.
• I can attend or observe a prospect’s athletic contest, but I can’t make any contact with that prospect. I can also forward information about a prospect to the appropriate KU coach. I bet Bill Self and Charlie Weis can’t wait to read my next reports.
• Telephone calls, text messages, letters, emails, face-to-face interaction between me and a prospect for the purpose of recruitment or for discussing the prospect of employment are all right out. But student-athletes can talk to my club, group or charitable organization.
I think I’m just going to play it safe and not talk to anyone sports-related at all. Unless Dennis Anderson asks me to, of course.
• One more sports-related item to pass along. The NCAA had planned on allowing schools to provide a $2,000 living stipend for its student-athletes in addition to their scholarships.
The Associated Press is reporting, however, that decision is on hold after at least 125 schools objected to the measure. They report some schools were concerned about athletes’ amateur status (hmm…), but most were “concerned about compliance with Title IX rules requiring schools to treat men’s and women’s sports equally, or the budget hit athletic departments will face with incoming recruits next fall.”
The rule will now be considered by the NCAA’s Board of Directors at January’s NCAA convention, and the board can, according to the AP, get rid of the rule, modify the rule and create a new proposal that would go back to schools for another 60-day commend period or put the override to a vote.
A vote would require a 5/8ths majority of the 350 or so Division I members to pass.
I asked Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director, where KU stood on the issue, and he told me on Friday the school hadn’t yet made up its mind.
• At least one KU dean will be wrapping up the year with a trip to India.
David Wilson, the dean of KU’s School of Medicine-Wichita, will be headed to India with some of his colleagues to present at symposium and explore their medical school, the Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences, to see about a potential exchange program.
All that is according to his blog, which you can find here.
I still believe that he’s the only KU dean with a blog. Although the last time I mentioned that a certain dean was the only one who was on Twitter, I was quickly shown that wasn’t the case. So if one of them has been blogging unbeknownst to me, I’ll be sure to let you know.
• Sometimes I call Heard on the Hill a blog, but sometimes I don’t think it’s one at all. I do know that if you have tips, you should send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.