NCAA recruiting rule changes (probably) dead

Submitted by Butterfield on March 18th, 2013 at 8:30 PM

The widely discussed rule changes that would have allowed for unlimited texting and mailing to recruits appear to have been killed, apparently in large part due to the B1G's opposition. EDIT:  I got it wrong, the provision allowing for unlimited contact still seems to be in place but other rule changes pertaining to who can contact recruits and what types of materials can be sent were shot down. 

The article notes that the rule changes could still pop back up at some point in the future, but if they did, it sounds like major modifications would be neccessary. The rule allowing for unlimited texting/mailing was the worst of the three in my opinion so why it survived is beyond me. 

P.S.  I'm not trying to set any sort of personal record for posts in one day, but after waiting a couple hours after the article was posted on in hopes that someone else would link to it, I've given up.  It is a pretty important story and board worthy IMO. 



March 18th, 2013 at 8:59 PM ^

Interesting change(s) in the debate.   Thought this was on the verge of going through but I guess you can't count anything as a home run with the NCAA.


March 18th, 2013 at 9:19 PM ^

According to NBCSports, schools will have until May 17th to put in an override request for the ruling, should they choose to do so, and the NCAA would need to get 75 such requests. The official release from the NCAA mentions that basketball has operated under similar deregulation to the rules which were not suspended for a year or so now with positive results. 

In any case, here is a summary of the two suspended rules per NBC:

Prop. No. RWG-11-2, which eliminated the definition of recruiting coordination functions that must be performed only be a head or assistant coach, be suspended until appropriate modifications can be made. The concept will be considered as the membership ponders its approach to non-coaching personnel.

Prop. No. RWG-13-5-A, which eliminated restrictions on printed materials sent to prospects other than general correspondence, be suspended to allow for a broader discussion of the rule.


March 18th, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

My question is why the change of heart. I realize they got some flak from all parties involved about it, but don't they do some kind of research of poll ahead of time from the membership to see how everyone feels.

Of course that seems like the reasonable thing to do, so the exact opposite of what you would expect from the NCAA.


March 18th, 2013 at 10:48 PM ^

Another example of how idiotic the relationship between the NCAA organization and the schools which are members works. With all the money that flows among college athletics, you would think they could get simple governing issues fixed.


March 19th, 2013 at 11:21 AM ^

At the risk of severe over-application of Occam's Razor, it appears to me as though everything that would have cost the schools money got turned down, while everything that inconveniences a bunch of kids trying to make it through their senior years was allowed to stay.  In other words: typical NCAA.