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USF to address job issue with athletes



In response to Friday's news that quarterback Matt Grothe had been arrested at a sports bar and charged with serving alcohol to an underaged person, USF administrators will meet with all athletes before the spring semester ends to reiterate the importance of notifying the school of any jobs they take in their off-seasons.

USF coaches and adminstrators were unaware of Grothe's employment at the Bull Ring Sports Bar until his arrest on April 19, and Grothe failed to follow an athletic department policy that asks all athletes to notify administrators in writing of any job before they start work.

USF holds an annual meeting in August with all rostered athletes to go over NCAA regulations, and the presentation includes the issue of employment. Athletes must attend and sign a document that shows they have read and understood the regulations, and they're given a copy of those guidelines as well. While the NCAA requires no such documentation, USF asks all athletes to fill out paperwork detailing any job, along with wage and contact information, and that paperwork is to be signed by the athlete and his employer before he or she begins work at any job.

Again, Grothe's employment at the Bull Ring was not illegal, nor did it constitute any violation of NCAA regulations. The NCAA places no limits on an athlete's employment except that payment must be appropriate and for work actually done, and an athlete may not use his status or celebrity to promote or endorse any business or company. There's no evidence of any of that occurring within Grothe's short employment at the Bull Ring. USF officials reiterated Monday what coach Jim Leavitt said Friday, that Grothe would not receive any significant disciplinary measures, such as suspension from any portion of any game.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:25am]


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