NCAA suspends recruiting proposals
Recruiting deregulation is officially on hold.
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has suspended rule changes passed in January that would have allowed unlimited electronic communication -- including text messaging -- from college coaches to football recruits.
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Text messaging has been banned in college football recruiting since 2007.
At its meeting in Indianapolis on Thursday, the board adopted the March recommendations of the Rules Working Group after several of the proposals, designed to create a more meaningful and enforceable NCAA rule book, were met with widespread criticism by the college and high school coaching communities.
"The Board's suspension sends the text messaging proposal (except basketball) back to the Rules Working Group so that all recruiting concepts still under review are examined further as a package," said NCAA president Mark Emmert in a statement. "The intent is to develop a model that considers how the changes work together. The Board stated its intent to move forward with rules reform aggressively but also with due diligence. The reform effort, by any measure, has been a success and I'm confident the membership will find the right solution for some coach's concerns with this as well."
In March, Proposal 13-3 received more than 75 override requests from NCAA membership, mandating a review by the board.
• The remainder of Proposal 13-3, which would have allowed for unlimited contact initiated by college coaches to recruits.
• Proposal 11-2, which called for the elimination of the requirement that only a head coach or assistant coach could perform the functions of a recruiting coordinator.
• Proposal 13-5-A, which would have removed restrictions on printed materials mailed to prospects.
The decisions Thursday do not affect basketball.
The 18-member board, comprised of college presidents, also endorsed a recommendation that all recruiting concepts under review be examined to determine appropriate changes, if necessary. The Rules Working Group and other relevant groups, such as the Football Recruiting Subcommittee of the Leadership Council, will study the concepts.
"It's important to make sure all the pieces of the recruiting model work together to make the most effective change in the culture," Wake Forest president and board chair Nathan Hatch said in a statement released by the NCAA.
Proposal 13-2, tabled in January at the NCAA convention, was also suspended. It called for the establishment of a uniform start date for recruiting contact of July 1 in the year before a prospect's junior season.
Also on Thursday, the board suspended indefinitely the controversial test score-to-GPA sliding scale, set for implementation in 2016, that would have significantly altered initial-eligibility standards and created a class of "academic redshirts." An increased minimum GPA and more stringent core-course requirements in high school remain set to go into effect in 2016.
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