An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a booster to provide a student-athlete a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA rules. Some examples of extra benefits include cash, meals, gifts, co-signing on a loan, and transportation.
The extra benefit restrictions apply to a student-athlete’s friends and families as well.
Occasional Meals/Rides: If you would like to buy a meal for one of your student-athletes, you must make an official request through the Compliance department prior to providing the meal. You can provide occasional transportation only under extreme circumstances (i.e. severe weather).
Here are some real-life, and almost unbelievable stories, of student-athletes who took extra benefits and suffered the consequences (courtesy of IUPUI Athletics).
- A men’s basketball student-athlete at Kansas State accepted between $100-$300 in discounts for clothes at a department store; he was suspended for 3 games.
- A women’s soccer player at Utah bought a Christmas card from a FedEx store for $1.83 with money to be used for hosting a recruit; this was an extra benefit violation.
- Washington State accidentally paid $1 of a $14 pay-per-view movie watched by men’s golfers at a hotel during a road trip; the student-athletes were declared ineligible until they repaid $1 to charity.
- Some men’s basketball student-athletes at Iowa State were paid $10 by their coach on a few occasions for making free throws in a game or practice; the student-athletes were declared ineligible and had to donate $10 to charity before being re-instated.