NCAA and eligibility issues facing Gordon

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I have obtained a copy of a letter from the NCAA offices to student-athletes contemplating declaring for the NBA draft as an upperclassman.

Here are the key points, which I cut and pasted . . .

Six Points to Remember:
You will lose your eligibility IF:
• You agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].
• You accept any benefits from an agent, a prospective agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].
• If you participate in a tryout with an NBA team that lasts longer than 48 hours, which you have not personally financed.
• If you tryout with a professional team during the academic year and miss class.
• If you enter the draft AND do not take the appropriate steps to withdraw and declare your intention to resume intercollegiate participation.
• If you enter the draft AND are drafted by a professional team.

Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Am I allowed to enter the NBA draft early?
YES! You may enter a professional basketball league’s draft one time during your collegiate career without jeopardizing your eligibility; provided you are not drafted by any team and you declare your intention to resume intercollegiate participation within 30 days after the draft. This declaration must be in writing to your director of athletics.

2. Am I allowed to participate in the NBA predraft camp in late May-early June?
YES! If you are invited, you may attend the predraft camp and accept actual and necessary expenses from the NBA to participate in the NBA predraft camp. You are permitted to attend the entire camp (even though it might occur during the academic year).

3. Can my college coach arrange and schedule a professional team workout/tryout on or off campus during the academic year?
NO! It would not be permissible for a student-athlete’s institutional coach to organize and be present during a professional tryout that occurs on or off campus.

4. Can NBA teams pay for my private workouts/tryouts?
YES! You may tryout with an NBA team during the academic year if you are enrolled full-time as long as you do not miss class. You may receive actual and necessary expenses from the NBA team in conjunction with one 48-hour tryout per team. The 48-hour tryout period begins when you arrive at the tryout location. At the completion of the 48-hour period you must depart the location of the tryout immediately in order to receive transportation expenses.

5. Can any other individual (e.g., agent, runner, or “advisor”) pay for my private workouts/tryouts with NBA teams?
NO! Unless an NBA team pays for your expenses in conjunction with a private workout or tryout, you and your family are responsible for paying all expenses associated with any tryouts as they are incurred.

6. Can I pay for my own private workouts/tryouts with NBA teams?
YES! A tryout may extend beyond 48 hours if the individual self-finances additional expenses, including return transportation. A self-financed tryout may be for any length of time, provided you don’t miss class.

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27 Responses to “NCAA and eligibility issues facing Gordon”

  1. BirdZ! Says:

    Thanks for the reading material, GG. Between this and the mexican food I had for lunch….

  2. dqdawg Says:

    Bullet 4 • If you tryout with a professional team during the academic year and miss class.

    I can’t imagine that anyone who hasn’t been in school for more than a few weeks could possibly be eligible under this criteria. Looks pretty clear cut to me.

  3. 2thdoc Says:

    My question is if an “advisor” is the same as a “runner acting on behalf of an agent”. The advisor would not need an oral agreement if no future benefits were going to take place. From what I understand is common for an advisor to officially become the agent with an agreement once the player is officially drafted.

    “• You agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or any individual acting on behalf of the agent [e.g., runner].

    The rules seem to differentiate between the 2 types “advisor” and “runner” or at least lists advisor in some points and runner in others. This may be the only thing that allows him to come back if classes are not the issue. An oral agreement would probably be hard to prove by either Jamont or the NCAA especially if an “advisor” is just someone giving advise with no future benefits. An agent or his “runner” would have agreed at some point to ensure their future benefits from Jamont’s draft.

  4. 2thdoc Says:

    dq, I don’t think he missed classes because of the workouts with a team. I think he went to Nashville and may have missed some after the Tournament but not due to a workout.

    Just going by what I thought I remembered at the time…You may be right.

  5. Braves Dawg Says:

    I think he was at home in Nashville. At least I don’t remember any workouts.

  6. Gregg Ellis Says:

    You are correct 2thdoc in regards to his absences. However, I just have a feeling grades are going to be an issue. I have strong, strong feeling that’s going to be the case. Plus, I don’t think he wants to come back.

  7. thespear Says:

    JG if you are reading this, just come on back and we will forget all about this little thing, you wanting to leave and all….

  8. 2thdoc Says:

    Gregg, if it is true about the grades then it is certainly a sad thing. He may have given up on grades when the draft thing got closer because from what I was told his grades at the time were not the problem. It was just he didn’t care enough to want to be in school anymore. The guy that knew him and his routine well said he did fine in classes, just didn’t like having to go.

  9. farley662 Says:

    Updates from the delivery room at the Van folks. I really should get paid for all this!

  10. db33 Says:

    Gregg,

    I think what nails him is the agent. That says if he agrees ORALLY or in writing. Well, he’s agreed orally with Charles Grantham according to Grantham.

    I think he’s blown his shot at returning to school, grades or no grades.

    And, that’s just mind boggling level STUPID.

  11. redsrock1 Says:

    Hello ..college for almost free!

  12. cnd46 Says:

    I feel bad for JG, but he should not have declared for the draft. He should have wanted and played his senior year and been a late first round or second round pick. But I guess that is the easy answer

  13. s084swd Says:

    It would be big if JG somehow could come back this next season. Looks like it’s pretty cloudy right now as to whether or not that will happen. If JG was to come back for his final season, I think MSU could have a special year because of the overall talent and depth of the team. Maybe Rick Stansbury will talk to JG and work something out. If JG was to come back, it would be a win-win situation for both MSU and JG. MSU would get JG for another year and JG would get a good opportunity to get better also and maybe improve his stock. Since he was passed over in the NBA draft, I don’t see that it can hurt him any to come back his last season at MSU. I guess we just won’t know for at least a few days and the smoke clears. It looks like playing another year at MSU would be the best thing if possible. Hopefully everything works out in the end.

  14. Gregg Ellis Says:

    God Bless Farley’s Wife!!!! What a long day.

  15. warbirdz44 Says:

    Looks like Rhodes is a Maverick.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/062808dnspomavslede.3dced8d.html

    Towards the bottom of the article

  16. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Warbirdz, got that posted man. Thanks for the heads up.

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