AD Dick Tharp's Comments On QB Ochs

Of course skippy wants to talk to former Buff QB Craig Ochs. In just another strange move by Univeristy of Washington Head Coach Rick (Skippy) Neuheisel, CU AD grants UW permission to speak with Ochs.

THARP STATEMENT ON FORMER CU QB CRAIG OCHS BOULDER - University of Colorado athletic director Dick Tharp issued the following statement late Thursday afternoon in response to several inquiries his department had received concerning former quarterback Craig Ochs and the University of Washington.

"NCAA rules require any athletic department that has been approached by a student-athlete to discuss transferring to first have the approval of the director of athletics, not the coach of the sport. It is my policy to grant individual consent upon written request from the institution. We received a request for such from the University of Montana last Wednesday, and permission was granted.

"We received a request from Mr. Ochs (Stephen, Craig's father) this past Tuesday for a release to all five Pacific 10 Conference schools on the quarter system (Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington), but as per my policy, I would not sign a blanket release.

"We have also received a request from the University Washington for permission to talk to Craig, and I would not grant that until I had the personal assurance from their athletic director, Barbara Hedges, that there had absolutely been no initiation, or prior inappropriate contact, on the part of any Washington coach or staff member, and she gave me her word. Permission has thus been granted."

The verbiage of NCAA rule (Four-Year College Prospects): An athletics staff member of 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 athletic director (or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact. 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.

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