Two of the 25 recruiting proposals lasted only two months.
Yesterday, the Division I Board of Directors officially suspended two controversial recruiting deregulation proposals – RWG-11-2 and RWG-13-5-A – that were adopted by the same board in January.
Two weeks ago, the Rules Working Group recommended suspending the proposals, and the NCAA made it official on Monday.
- Prop. No. RWG-11-2, which eliminated the definition of recruiting coordination functions that must be performed only be a head or assistant coach.
- Prop. No. RWG-13-5-A, which eliminated restrictions on printed materials sent to prospects other than general correspondence.
The NCAA essentially eliminated the unlimited amount of ‘front office’ personnel who can recruit or participate in recruiting and eliminated the unlimited amount of printed material that can be sent to a recruit.
“We are committed to the reform effort. We will move forward with these concepts with collaboration from all interested parties,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert via the release. “Suspending these proposals for continued review will provide our coaches, administrators and student-athletes the additional opportunity to have their voices heard.”
But despite the proper steps forward, coaches can still send an unlimited amount of text messages to recruits, because the board and RWG thought that by eliminating RWG-11-2, it would eliminate the volume of messages. The ‘text message rule’ will continue through an override process.
For the select few top prospects who get inundated with phone calls, texts and a crazy amount of printed data, there’s no real relief here for them or their families in the suspension of these two proposals.
Though the NCAA did the right thing by officially suspending the two proposals, the rules furthermore ensure that recruiting will continue to be 365 days a year.
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