NCAA: Texting, scouting rules also on hold

NCAA: Texting, scouting rules also on hold

Embattled NCAA president Mark Emmert. (AP)

Embattled NCAA president Mark Emmert. (AP)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he override period for the NCAA’s proposed recruiting deregulation rules ended today, with four of the proposals being sent back for reconsideration.

One other rule, No. 13-2, was not adopted. That means 21 of the 26 proposals are finalized and will got into effect Aug. 1.

On Monday, the NCAA Board of Directors announced the suspension of 11-2 and 13-5A. Rule 11-2 would have removed restrictions on who can recruit prospects, while 13-5A removed restrictions on printed materials that can be sent to recruits. The suspension means that these rules will not become active until or unless the Board of Directors reintroduces them, which could happen in August.

Two other proposals, 11–3-B and 13–3 also received more than 75 override requests and will go back to the Board for reconsideration on May 2.

Rule 13-3, the so-called “text messaging rule,” would remove limits on the modes of communication used to contact recruits and the number of phone calls that can be made.

Men’s basketball has had unlimited phone calls for nearly a year with no pushback. Women’s basketball has its own unlimited calls proposal as part of a separate recruiting package also passed in January, and it drew just seven override requests.

Possible options for the text and phone call rule include removing football from the rule and reintroducing the proposal at the May meeting.

The Board could also choose to leave the proposal as-is and let it go to vote. In that case, a five-eighths majority of the schools casting votes would needed to defeat the proposal. If all of the 340 Division I schools voted, that would mean 213 schools would need to vote against it for the proposal to be defeated.

Rule 11–3-B would prohibit in-person scouting of opponents, and was was designed to unify all the sports under a single set of rules. This is already prohibited in football, but is allowed in a limited manner in sports like lacrosse and soccer.

Following the Board meeting in May, an override vote – if necessary – would be preceded by a week-long comment period. The vote would likely be conducted in late May or early June.


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