Monday, October 29, 2007

We Will Win At SMU

I mean it. We will win at SMU. I never would have come to the Hilltop if I didn’t truly believe that. I know we have all the pieces to put together a top-25 football program.

We are part of a wonderful University. We are in a great location in the heart of Dallas. We have state-of-the-art facilities. We have passionate fans. We have tremendous student-athletes. I am immediately setting out to find the person who can put all those pieces together to make us a winner.

During the search process, I first and foremost want to ask you to continue to support our team and our student-athletes. They work too hard for any of you to turn your back on them. This is your program. Continue to come out and cheer them on to victory, knowing that we remain fully committed to building a winning football program at SMU. We will reach our goals of going to bowls, winning conference championships and returning to the top 25.

There is a commitment to winning on the Hilltop and I truly believe that with the right leader, we are ready to take that next step. Stay tuned for updates and keep on cheering for your Mustangs.

Friday, October 26, 2007

High School Counselors, Prospects, MustangManiacs Users, Followers, Ponyfans posters, Global Warming Apologists: Listen Up

by Jeff Konya, Associate A.D./Student Services

It’s a long title – I know – but there has been much confusion over the recent NCAA changes relating to initial eligibility standards. I have developed a presentation (included for you here free… and yes, I am that nice of a guy) that details all of these changes. As I said in a previous posting, part of my numerous job responsibilities (this was the justification of my job part of this blog) include providing education materials to interested parties. If you have read this far, you qualify as “interested.” Therefore, you must go though the entire presentation, and you may not pass Go. Or collect $200.

Download Here

On a side note, when are they going to adjust Monopoly to real time dollars?

On a side, side note, I have Direct TV for my personal programming needs, especially because it offers a lot of HD channels. Anyone else wondering when CSTV will broadcast in HD, or create a CSTV HD channel? And yes, this is how I spend my time and money.

Latest iPod Download - The Killers

Monday, October 22, 2007

Practice Times & Hoops Hours

by Rhonda Rompola, Head Women's Basketball Coach

With so many facility conflicts we have had a lot of early morning practices. It really does test your mental toughness.

It’s hard to hide my excitement about this year’s team. We won’t have to rely so heavily on freshmen, so they can learn at their own pace. Last year we had NO seniors, and this year we have five senior leaders. It’s great to have Katie Gross back in practice. Our “newbies” (Haley, La and Red) are wide-eyed because we are moving a little faster than normal.

This past Friday and Saturday we scrimmaged against our male practice players. They are fast, strong and very good basketball players, and are the best competition we can face. It certainly showed everything we need to work on, so the next couple of days it is back to basics and fundamentals. he team has to earn back the 5-on-5 play.

FYI: We’re having an intra-squad scrimmage at 10 AM on Sat., October 27th. It’s earlier than usual because of facility usage, but we’d love to have you come out for it.

One last thing – we had a great turnout at our first Hoop Happy Hour and I think everyone really had a good time. So here we go again – the November “Hoop Hour(s)” will be Wed., Nov. 7th, same time (5:30 – 7:30), same place (Trinity Hall, Mockingbird Station). See you there!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Hoop Hour(s)

by Rhonda Rompola, Women's Basketball Head Coach

First and foremost, I want to remind everyone to please attend our first Hoop Hour tomorrow, Oct. 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Trinity Hall in Mockingbird Station. (O.K., so it's two hours, but "Hoop Hours" sounded funny.) We plan to have several of these throughout the season, and in fact the next one is already scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th, same time, same place. The purpose is simply a get-together for coaches and fans in a casual setting where we can all get better acquainted. No speeches, we promise! Just meet, greet, mingle and maybe talk a little basketball. We’re looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

The fall recruiting/contact period is almost over. I enjoy recruiting and talking to high school players, but I struggle with being away from our team. We only have two more individual practice sessions left before “real” practice starts October 12th (5 to 7 p.m., in case you’re interested). I am ready to be home and get into the “season” routine. I am already becoming very attached to this team, and am working with our seniors to help them be good leaders. (The lack of any seniors on last year’s squad left a void in this area.)

Get ready for the 2007 – 2008 version of the SMU Women’s Basketball team – it looks like it could be a great ride!

Close to One Year Anniversary of SMU Employment

Television shows do it all the time. For example, they wait till the100th episode and have a “Best of” episode with clips from previous shows. Cheers did it. Seinfeld did it. Simpsons have done it (in episode 138 if I remember correctly). Friends, you name it. The great thing for the actors is they get paid for that particular show and they really don’t do any work for it. So for my Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” blog, I am simply going to list some of your compliance questions that I have received since being at SMU and also provide the well-written, exceptionally articulate answers that my office responded with. Enjoy the Compliance “Best of” One Year Blog!!!

Question: May a Mr. Internet Savvy Booster visit a prospective student-athlete’s Myspace/Facebook account and leave messages encouraging them to come to SMU?

Answer: No. This would be an impermissible written communication by a booster as stated by NCAA Bylaw 13.01.4. Boosters contacting prospective student-athletes for the purpose of recruiting them to come to SMU could result in the prospects being declared ineligible to compete for SMU.


Question: May a prospective student-athlete use a scouting service or talent agent to distribute personal information (e.g. academic and athletic records, physical statistics) to colleges?

Answer: Yes, provided that any fee paid is for the compiling and distribution of the information. The eligibility of a prospective student-athlete would be in jeopardy if any fee is paid based on their being placed in a collegiate institution as a recipient of institutional financial aid.


Question: How does the new writing section of the SAT affect NCAA Clearinghouse standards and initial eligibility?

Answer: Currently, the NCAA Clearinghouse does not take into consideration the written portion of the SAT. Therefore, the qualifying score for a SAT is still found by adding the critical reading and math scores together.


Question: May a student-athlete accept a free lunch at a booster function (not a booster per se) they have been invited to attend?

Answer: Yes. NCAA Bylaw states that a student-athlete may accept transportation and meal expenses in conjunction with participation (e.g. speaking) in a luncheon meeting of a booster club or civic organization, provided the meeting occurs within a 30-mile radius of the institution's main campus and no tangible award is provided to the student-athlete.


Question: May a coach put special SMU decorations up in a prospective student-athlete's hotel room when they come on an official visit?

Answer: No. NCAA Bylaws and 13.7.3 state that an institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized audio/video scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g., running onto the field with the team during pre-game introductions) during an official or unofficial visit. Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g., hotel room, locker room, coach's office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether or not the items include the prospective student-athlete's name or picture.


Question: May a SMU coach receive an honorarium to speak at a booster club meeting?

Answer: Yes. NCAA Bylaw allows a staff member to earn income in addition to their institutional salary by performing services for outside groups. However, NCAA Bylaw 11.2.2 requires all athletics department staff members (excluding clerical personnel) to receive prior written approval from the President and Director of Athletics for all athletically related income and benefits from sources outside the University. The staff member’s request for approval must be in writing and shall include the amount and source of the income or benefit. Also, Bylaw prohibits an outside source (ex. booster) from paying or regularly supplementing an athletics department staff member's annual salary and from arranging to supplement that salary for an unspecified achievement.


Question: Can a jersey with a student-athlete's name on the back be raffled off for charity?

Answer: No. A fundraising activity (e.g., auction, raffle) involving items that include the name, picture, or likeness of a student-athlete, should be treated in the same manner as a sale. In dealing with sales, the NCAA states in Bylaw (h) that any commercial items with names, likenesses or pictures of multiple student-athletes (other than highlight films or media guides per Bylaw may be sold only at the member institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled, institutionally controlled (owned and operated) outlets or outlets controlled by a charitable or educational organization (e.g., location of the charitable or educational organization, site of charitable event during the event). Items that include an individual student-athlete's name, picture or likeness (e.g., name on jersey, name or likeness on a bobble-head doll), other than informational items (e.g., media guide, schedule cards, institutional publications), may not be sold. For clarification purposes, a jersey not personalized (i.e., just a number as an example) may be purchased by an individual, and that individual is free to do whatever he/she desires with the jersey from that point forward.


Question: May a student-athlete be employed during the academic

Answer: Yes. NCAA Bylaw 12.4 allows for a student-athlete to be compensated by any employer for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the locality for similar services. However, the compensation cannot include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following that the student-athlete has obtained because of their athletics ability.