A Review of SJSU's NLI Day - Wed. February 4th 

Spartan gridiron fans "scratched their football itch" by gathering at Dave & Busters in Milpitas on February 4th and heard Coach Caragher and the assistant coaches present the 2015 recruiting class.  Approximately 125 people - fans, coaches & wives, players, and athletic department staff heard the good news and saw the videos of the new recruits.

Enjoy pictures of this event in the column on the right. 

After dinner Krazy George worked the room, and then club president Tony Locy introduced Coach Caragher.  Coach C brought up 4 new players that were enrolled in school and introduced them.  Each position coach came to the state, one by one, and talked about their new recruits.  Christmas in February was how recruiter Donte Williams put it.  

Many new members joined the club, and the evening ended with a drawing for a Jeff Garcia autographed jersey.  

Plan on attending next year's NLI event, along with all of the other exciting club activities.  'Sign up today by clicking on the above link. All proceeds go to support the football team.
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Dave & Busters is at #940, Great Mall Drive, Milpitas. Just off of Freeways 880 and 680, between Highway 237 and Montague Expressway.


Why you need to join the SJSU Quarterback Club!

Do you love football? Especially college football? Then the San Jose State Quarterback Club is your ticket for getting closer to college football than you've ever been before. As the official booster organization of SJSU football the club is THE way to get involved with NCAA FBS football in a way that the average fan will never be able to.  We are your connection to the Spartan Football Family!

Open to all the Quarterback Club is "Value Added" with many rewards.  Beginning at $100 per person you get:

  • An Improved Football Experience 
  • Invitations to dinner with Coaches and Players on a social basis
  • An insider's view of the team, and game strategy
  • Regular email news updates of club and league events and information
  • Feel the pride of helping the Spartans move forward
  • Member-Only Perks
  • Substantial discounts on dinner meetings and other events
  • Access to member-only events
  • An official SJSU Quarterback Club car flag
  • QBC logo items, when available

Take a look around the website - the events, the information, the 3 F's (football, food, and fun) and you'll see why the club is growing like never before. Check out the EVENTS & ACTIVITIES" page for details of our 2015 program, and the "ABOUT US" page for more details about the club.

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Everything You've Wanted To Know About NLI Day - But Didn't Know Who To Ask

Approximately 42,000 prospective student athletes a year sign NLIs to attend NCAA Division I or II institutions.  We all know that NLI Day – National Letter of Intent Day – is the time when high school seniors accept scholarship offers, and declare which university that they will attend.  But there’s a lot more to it - as you can see. 

What is the National Letter of Intent?
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.  A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).  The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

Is an athletic scholarship guaranteed for four years?
At a minimum, an athletic scholarship must be a one academic year agreement.  In Division I, institutions are permitted to offer multiyear scholarships. Athletic scholarships may be renewed and the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 whether the athletic scholarship will be renewed for the next academic year. Individual schools have appeal policies for scholarships that are reduced or not renewed. In most cases, the coach decides who gets a scholarship, what it covers and whether it will be renewed.

Does the NCAA award athletic scholarships?
Individual schools award athletic scholarships, not the NCAA. Division I and II schools offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools offer academic scholarships only. NCAA members provide more than $1.5 billion in athletics scholarships annually.

What do athletics scholarships cover?
Division I and II institutions are permitted to provide a student-athlete with tuition and fees, room, board and required course-related books.

Can student-athletes receive other, non-athletic financial aid?
Yes. Thousands of student-athletes benefit from academic scholarships and need-based aid, such as federal Pell Grants. In addition, there is money available from the NCAA's own Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. Sometimes student-athletes cannot accept certain types of aid because of NCAA amateurism or financial aid requirements. 

Is an athletic scholarship the same thing as a National Letter of Intent?
No, but they are often confused with each other. By signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI), a future NCAA student-athlete ends the recruiting process with all other NLI institutions and commits to a school for one year. In return, the student-athlete is guaranteed a one-year scholarship from that school. The NLI seeks to limit recruiting pressure but signing one is not a required step to earning an athletic scholarship.

What is the Recruiting Ban? 
Other institutions must respect the prospective student-athlete’s NLI signing by ceasing all communication. The recruiting ban remains in effect until the prospective student-athlete enrolls at the signing institution. Once enrolled, the student-athlete is governed by NCAA recruiting regulations. If the prospective student-athlete does not enroll at the signing institution, the recruiting ban will be lifted after the institution’s academic year has elapsed (e.g., prospective student-athlete signs during 2014-15, recruiting ban applies through the end of the 2015-16 academic year).

Do many high school athletes earn athletics scholarships?
Very few in fact. According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. This small number means high school student-athletes and their parents need to have realistic expectations about receiving an athletic scholarship to play sports in college. Academic, not athletic, achievement is the most reliable path to success in life

Who are the NLI Member Institutions? 
There are 644 NCAA Division I and II institutions that are NLI members.  Not NLI members: Ivy League, Service Academies, Division III institutions, NAIA institutions, preparatory schools and junior colleges. All members of the NLI program are required to offer athletics scholarships.

How about coaching changes?
A prospective student-athlete signs an NLI with an institution. If the coach leaves, the NLI signee is still bound by the provisions of the NLI.

How does the institution process the NLI?
•The institution issues an NLI and offer of athletics aid to the prospective student-athlete. 
•Prospective student-athlete then signs two copies; returns one to institution and keeps one.  
•NLI must include a parent or legal guardian signature if the prospective student-athlete is under the age of 21, regardless of marital status.
•Must be signed within 7 days of issuance date. (7 day deadline does not apply when 7 days are not left in the signing period) •Institution verifies required information and sends to its Conference Office for validation. 
•Must be filed with the Conference within 14 days of final signature. 

What is the basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement?
A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports. 

The above information is courtesy of the  National Letter of Intent organization.   http://www.nationalletter.org/

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