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NCAA Considering Changes To Recruiting Rules

  • INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA released a package of proposals Friday that would change the recruiting calendar, lift restrictions on how and how often coaches can contact recruits, and allow athletes to accept more money for participating in non-scholastic events.

    All the proposals are expected to be voted on Jan. 19 at the NCAA's annual convention near Dallas. If approved, they could take effect Aug. 1.

    This is the first detailed glimpse into how the NCAA intends to rewrite its massive rulebook and Jim Barker, chairman of the NCAA rules committee working on the plan, said the goal is "smarter rules and tougher enforcement."

    If the package is approved, the overall result would provide coaches with more leeway in recruiting. The hope is that athletes will build more meaningful relationships with their coaches, and they will get more opportunities to showcase their skills in front of college and pro scouts.

    Campus leaders are embracing the moves, too.

    "We have to keep track of all that now," Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said before the sixth-ranked Hoosiers hosted Florida Atlantic on Friday night. "If don't have to do that, it will eliminate a substantial part of it."

    One key recommendation would create a uniform recruiting calendar for all sports and allow coaches to begin contacting potential recruits after July 1 of their sophomore year, though coaches would still have to abide by the no-contact periods.

    "The rules group believes that the uniform recruiting date will create significant ease of administration on campus, make the rules more understandable and allow for better recruiting decisions from both the coach and prospective student-athlete," said Barker, the Clemson president.

    Those were the goals NCAA President Mark Emmert outlined more than a year ago when he backed the move to shrink the rulebook following a year of major college scandals that included stripping a national champion of its title, a Heisman Trophy winner giving back his trophy, criminal allegations and the accusation that another Heisman winner's father was peddling his son's services.

    In the wake of so much turmoil, Emmert held a presidential retreat in August 2011 to acknowledge that the governing body needed to focus more on enforcing the rules that go to heart of college sports -- fair play, ethical behavior and tough penalties that dissuade coaches from considering cost-benefit analyses when making decisions about playing by the rules.

    Some rules, Emmert acknowledged are simply unenforceable or so narrow they consume too much time and effort at the institution level and the NCAA level.

    That's one reason another proposal would allow coaches to reach out players through any communication mode with no limitation on the number of contacts. College basketball coaches were given that ability in June, and now the working group Barker has led wants to extend those privileges to all sports.

    "I've always thought they should let that go anyways and let the marketplace decide," Glass said when asked about lifting the contact restrictions.

    Other proposals would allow:

    -Athletes to accept up to $300 per year beyond their own expenses to attend non-scholastic events, receive expenses and "reasonable benefits" associated with practices and competition with national teams, including tryouts;

    -Schools to provide normal expenses, including travel expenses, for athletes representing the school at events such as goodwill tours and media appearances;

    -Amateur teams or event sponsors to award money beyond an athlete's expenses based on the performance of that athlete or team in all sorts, not just tennis;

    -Schools, conferences or the NCAA to pay for medical expenses and any related expenses for the athlete.

    Barker acknowledged this is only the first phase of recommendations. The working group is expected to focus next on financial aid, playing and practice season rules.

  • There will be unlimited texting and phone calls. Kids will be getting blown up 24/7 unfortunately.

  • Not at all. Kids will get pi$$ed at coaches who bug them too much and they will go elsewhere...which will in turn make coaches bug them less.

  • They need to just let these kids market themselves freely on the open market and be done with it.

    If a guy wants to pay a kid for doing a commercial or be a spokes person thenwho cares.

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  • Maybe just put on his voice mail a message to send a letter and if I'm interested I will contact you. That way he can control the phone calls and answer only those he recognized. Just a thought.

  • That can open the door to schools paying for players legally. Not hard to find boosters to pay the kids any thing they want.

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    From the Banks of the Cape Fear River

  • And some how the comments turning into PSU fans saying the NCAA screwed them and they think tOSU's actions were more serious than PSU's lol

  • I applaud the recognition of hypocrisy by the NCAA, but I am pissed because Tressel was taken down by infractions that would not be infractions under these proposals.

    Think about that. Pretty absurd. But rules are rules, right? Wrong, that is why the NCAA's is trying to right some wrongs. Tressel paid the price but timing is everything. Without the absurdity of the punishment that Tressel paid for 12 grand several kids got for trading jerseys and jewelry for incidentals, tattoos and spending money, there wouldn't be a wrong and a reason for the NCAA to change the rules.

    Life is not fair.

    Don't think these proposals will fix the system. The rules are set up for the member schools not the kids. To make it fair the kids should receive fair compensation in the free market system. Schools should bid for their services just like IBM, Cleveland Clinic, or any other business looking for talent. But that means the schools and bowl reps would not make as much so that ain't going to happen. So the NCAA decided to give the kids free health care and a couple of hundred bucks. Mighty big and noble of them.

    I miss the old days when the game was a game and not a business.