Notre Dame associate athletic director for media relations John Heisler just sent out this e-mail in response to the Yahoo! Sports story we blogged about earlier.
Heisler essentially said the school checked everything out beforehand to make sure it was kosher.
"When Charlie Weis was invited to speak at an event last month in Cincinnati, he shared all the details provided by the organizing group with our compliance office," Heisler said in an e-mail. "Our compliance staff reviewed established NCAA legislation and interpretations and determined it would be permissible for Coach Weis to participate. The event details were also presented to the Big East Conference, and the Big East compliance staff confirmed that, based on the event particulars provided by the organizers, Coach Weis could take part because the event met the guidelines of NCAA rules interpretations."
So Notre Dame clearly believes they followed the rules and, to use a Charlie Weis term, did their due diligence in making sure Weis and the school were compliant.
So if this shows anything, it displays that the NCAA needs to be more clear about this rule, since there seems to be confusion about it at multiple institutions.
-By Michael Rothstein of The Journal Gazette