Icing on the cookie? No violation

Updated: August 5, 2014, 8:03 PM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | ESPN.com

Apparently you can have your cake and eat it too. At least that's what the NCAA is saying to South Carolina.

The Gamecocks self-reported 22 potential minor NCAA infractions, one of which involved cookie cakes given to recruits visiting campus and what South Carolina believed to be impermissible icing on the cakes.

The NCAA reviewed the submission and decided there was no violation by the Gamecocks.

It's unclear what specifically about the icing the university felt was a violation, but the compliance department felt it necessary to submit to the NCAA.

The Gamecocks reported the incident as potentially violating NCAA bylaw 13.6.7.9, which states that an institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aides including, but not limited to, personalized jerseys and personalized audio/video scoreboard presentations.

The rule also includes the use of "decorative items" and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit.

Cookie cakes have been popular among recruits visiting college campuses across the country. The prospects have tweeted out pictures of various cookie cakes and the sweets have become a favorite part of the visits, so this is a win for all sweet-toothed prospects in the future.

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