George Schroeder, right, of the Eugene Register-Guard, with Phil Knight of Nike, decided to test his knowledge of the rules and take the NCAA recruiting certification exam last Friday. Coaches in every sport are required to take the test annually. It's 40 questions with an 80-minute time limit.
A passing grade of 80% is required for a coach to recruit off-campus. A failing grade means that a coach has to wait 30 days to retake the test.
The good news is that it is an open-book test. The bad news, according to Schroeder, is that the NCAA manual "is the size of a metropolitan phone book and not nearly as easy to decipher."
Here's a sample question: "During the month of May, an institution's football coach may lecture at a football camp or clinic owned and conducted by a scouting service and attended by prospective student-athletes, provided the camp or clinic is operated in accordance with all other restrictions applicable to institutional camps or clinics."
If you answered true, you're wrong. The correct answer is false.
How did Schroeder do? You'll have to read the column to find out.