In the world of NCAA rules and regulations, we now need documented proof that people are dating to pursue love rather than financial benefits.
Former Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard recently signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans, but he still has to worry about the NCAA.
The Sooners have had their share of NCAA violations, although some of them have been laughable in recent years. The school's compliance department is taking no chances on having any preventable violations.
Ikard and his girlfriend, Caroline Cameron, are no strangers to sitting courtside at Oklahoma City Thunder games through tickets she has obtained:
With that "benefit" in mind, the compliance department needs to make sure that both Ikard and his girlfriend are in the relationship for love.
Before the 2014 NFL draft, the Academic All-American shared an interesting tidbit during his interview with WWLS' The Morning Animals, via SoundCloud:
Here's a bit of what he said, via SoonerScoop.com:
They did some digging and I’m actually compliant official with my girlfriend. We had to sign a signed affidavit that she was not dating me just because I was a football player.
They kind of drafted it themselves. I said she just likes big guys, just accept it.
Ikard was also able to use Oklahoma's pasta scandal to his advantage:
(Olive Garden) asked me if I was doing a draft party or having a get together and I said I was doing a little party after the draft and they volunteered to cater it for free. It’s the power of Twitter man. It’s kind of sad but that’s really the truth. I got connected with them during the pastagate thing and I’ve kept a relationship with their social media staff.
Even after college athletic endeavors are over, NCAA rules can still be an issue for athletes.
[H/t Fox Sports]
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly presented the NCAA itself as securing the affidavit rather than the school's compliance department. We regret the error.