Kevin Knox was listed on financial records obtained by the FBI as meeting with or having a meal with ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins. Knox’s father has already come out and said that meeting/meal never happened, but if it did, here’s what it could mean for Knox’s eligibility.
According to the most recent version of the NCAA Division I manual, Bylaw 16.01.1 prohibits any extra benefit; however, it stipulates that if the monetary value of that benefit (i.e., a meal) is $200 or less, the player can regain his or her eligibility by repaying the amount to the charity of their choice.
16.01.1 Eligibility Effect of Violation. [A] A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports
16.01.1.1 Restitution for Receipt of Impermissible Benefits. Unless otherwise noted, for violations of Bylaw 16 in which the value of the benefit is $200 or less, the eligibility of the student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned upon the student-athlete repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. The student-athlete, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of receipt of the impermissible benefit until the student-athlete repays the benefit. For violations of Bylaw 16 in which there is no monetary value to the benefit, violations shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, such violations shall not affect the student-athlete’s eligibility. (Adopted: 11/1/01, Revised: 8/5/04, 1/19/18)
So…which charity will Kevin Knox be donating $200 to today? Even if he didn’t meet with Dawkins or Miller, it doesn’t hurt to pay it forward, right?
UPDATE: Just last month, the NCAA amended that rule to up the amount for $100 to $200.