News came out this week that the NCAA is considering quite a few rule changes in terms of recruiting, the first product of their new “Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet.” Here’s a rundown of the proposed changes:
–First, and the most significant proposal, is a rule to prohibit coaches from offering scholarships to players before July 1 between their junior and senior year. While the panel says they know it would be difficult for school compliance officers to monitor, it comes as a result of complaints from recruits and coaches about the practice. Recruits don’t like being pressured before their ready and coaches don’t like the pressure to keep up that comes along with their colleagues making the ridiculously early offers. We’ve been dead center on this debate before, but I think it’s safe to say the practice made everyone a little uncomfortable, except Dick Vitale sometimes. Sorry, Clyde.
–Also being considered is a rule that would force coaches to receive and review at least five semesters or seven quarters worth of transcripts for a recruit before they can offer them a scholarship. Under previous regulations, only Pete Thamel was allowed to conduct such an in-depth review.
–Finally, phone contact between coaches and recruits is also under review. The NCAA will vote on expanding phone contact to allow coaches to contact recruits once a month between June 15 of their sophomore year and July 31 of their junior year. After that, coaches can call a recruit or his family twice a week. They also will be able to call junior-college transfers or transfers from other four-year schools once a week. The rule is already under use in men’s basketball and this would expand it to include all other sports except football because, honestly, who even knows what happens in football recruiting.
The panel could vote on the changes as early as January or delay the vote until April, whichever helps people try to keep up with Coach Cal better.