LSU's responsibilities related to NCAA and SEC regulations extend beyond entities within the Athletics Department. In addition to its coaches, staff and student-athletes, LSU is also responsible for the actions of its fans and boosters. Therefore, it is important that all of these individuals understand NCAA rules related to their actions.
Under NCAA legislation, you are considered an LSU booster, also known as a "representative of athletics interest," if you are any of the following:
You are also considered an LSU booster if you have done any of the following:
- Participated in (or been a member of) an agency or organization promoting LSU Athletics;
- Made financial contributions to LSU Athletics or to a LSU Athletics booster organization;
- Been asked by an LSU Athletics Department staff member to assist in the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete; or
- Been involved in promoting LSU Athletics.
Important reminders for LSU fans and boosters:
Do not provide anything to prospective or enrolled student-athletes (or their families) without prior approval from the Compliance Office. If a student-athlete or his/her family accepts any benefits of special consideration (e.g., transportation, meals, money, etc.) based on his/her athletic skill, the student-athlete will lose his/her eligibility and LSU will be subject to NCAA penalties.
Boosters are permitted to host occasional meals for student-athletes at their home, on campus, or at a facility that is regularly used for home competition, but these meals must be preapproved by the Compliance Office through the team's head coach. Boosters may provide transportation to the meal only if it takes places at the booster's home.
Boosters are prohibited from any involvement in recruiting activities. LSU coaches and athletics department staff members are the only individuals permitted to be involved in the recruiting process.
Boosters may not make contact with LSU prospects or their relatives, coaches, teachers or school administrators for the purpose of recruiting. Boosters may only speak with prospects (or their families) if it is unavoidable, incidental contact, and the discussion does not include anything related to LSU Athletics.
A prospect remains a prospect even after he/she signs a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or financial aid agreement to attend LSU. The prospect does not lose his/her prospect status until the start of classes at LSU or the beginning of official team practice prior to the start of classes (whichever occurs earliest), at which time they beome an enrolled student-athlete.
Once identified as a booster, an individual remains a booster for life.