In a move that was expected to come, the Division I Council Coordination Committee has officially extended the recruiting dead period through July 31.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, either. The NCAA initially extended the idea period up through May 31 before eventually moving it back to June 30. Now, all in-person contact between coaches and recruits is off-limits until the beginning of August.
Here’s what the NCAA had to say in a statement put out on its website:
“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 27, 2020
The recruiting dead period doesn’t permit coaches from all contact with prospects – as they can still write or call them – but it prevents face-to-face interactions or campus visits. Typically, high school athletes participate in high-profile tournaments such as the Nike EYBL or other AAU events throughout the summer and now coaches will not have the opportunity to watch them live.
For a lot of kids, they needed this summer to break out on the national scene in order to impress the top-tier coaches. For John Calipari and his staff, this only makes creating relationships with future prospects all that more difficult. The months immediately following the dead period will be even more important than in the past.
The NCAA did announce that strength and conditioning coaches can “virtually observe physical workouts for health and safety purposes but only if requested by the student-athlete. The measure goes into effect June 1. The strength and conditioning coach will be allowed to observe the workouts and discuss items related to voluntary workouts but not direct or conduct the workout.”
It’ll be interesting to see how this extended period of lost recruiting hours will impact Calipari’s – and the rest of Divison I coach’s – classes over the next two or three years.