For those who missed it, the NCAA just made coaches’ lives in ffootball with respect to recruiting somewhat easier. Last weekend the governing body of major college sports adopted new rules meant to conform to modern realities. Among them:
All of these proposals represent common sense moves bringing the NCAA into the 21st century in one respect and they help diminish the possibility of violations for a program.
“These new rules represent noteworthy progress toward what can only be described as more common sense rules that allow schools more discretion in decision-making,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a release. “This vote by the Board of Directors refocuses our attention on the things that really matter, the core values of intercollegiate athletics.”
Common sense? Only if they’re not abused. Think about those stud recruits on Aug. 1 when these rules go into effect. Constant text messages, phone calls and tweets. But you’d have to expect that most coaches have the good sense not to overdo things. In case they don’t there are people called parents who should be able to do the job for them.
According to Zips coach Keith Dambrot, college basketball programs have served as a guinea pig for the rules that just passed. NCAA Div. I hoops coach have been able to contact high school sophomores with texts, social media messages and via phone on an unlimited basis since the summer.
"It made a difference. For us we tried to get on things early," Dambrot said. "Because we recruit so many high school kids, it makes a huge difference."