Hawaii HC Nick Rolovich Alleges Oregon St. Tampering with Current Players

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2018

PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Head coach Nick Rolovich of the Hawaii Warriors looks on during the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on September 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Hawaii Warriors head football coach Nick Rolovich accused Oregon State of actively recruiting his players in a Twitter post on Friday:

Nick Rolovich @NickRolovich

My apologies for our players not being able to attend your Spring game. Ours was the same day, bad timing. Quick question, in the 203 years of coaching, none of you realized you couldn’t actively recruit another school’s players? Sent to campus? #leakydam #sloppybeavers https://t.co/2djcmgFbLH

NCAA transfer rules note: 

"An athletics staff member or other representative of the institution's athletics interests shall not make contact with the student-athlete of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution's athletics director (or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact."

The bylaw continues:

"If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer and the institution shall not provide financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the second institution for one academic year. If permission is granted to contact the student-athlete, all applicable NCAA recruiting rules apply."

In Rolovich's tweet, he tagged the NCAA, OSU Compliance and the Pac-12 Compliance along with the FootballScoop Staff, Barstool Sports and...LaVar Ball.

Rolovich, 39, has spent the last two seasons as the head coach at Hawaii, leading the team to a 10-16 record and a Hawaii Bowl win in 2016.

Oregon State, meanwhile, hired Jonathan Smith, 39, this offseason to take over as its head coach. The Beavers are coming off a 1-11 season and the midseason departure of former head coach, Gary Andersen.

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Smith was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Chris Petersen at Washington in his last job.


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