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#BMATT247: NCAA adopts reforms

The NCAA adopted 26 bylaws Saturday in phase one of an effort to simplify and modernize the regulations involving recruiting and amateurism. The new bylaws are expected to remove 25 pages from the NCAA manual and more than 6,000 potential secondary violations.

NCAA president Mark Emmert

The new bylaws, supported by NCAA president Mark Emmert, include 13-3, which will eliminate restrictions and modes of communication during the recruiting process. Starting Aug. 1, coaches will have unlimited access to recruits via text message or any form of electronic communication.

But one of the more controversial proposals was tabled before the vote.

Proposal 13-2, which would have pushed back the contact date for recruits to July 1 before the start of their junior year, was sent back to committee for more input from coaches.

If passed, the proposal would have allowed coaches six in-home or in-school visits with prospects during their junior year. It would also allow unlimited phone calls, texts and electronic messages before the start of a prospect’s junior year of high school.

College football prospects are already being pushed to the limit during their senior year with visits, calls and messages from coaches and media. They will now be subjected to unlimited texts and calls from coaches.

All this amid new academic reforms that will make it even tougher for them to qualify.

Pushing that process back a year certainly won’t help prospects meet those new academic standards, something the NCAA Rules Working Group should keep in mind when they’re discussing Proposal 13-2.

Many of the reforms were needed and will benefit college athletics. Here’s an overview of some of the new bylaws:

11-2: Eliminates recruiting coordination rules that previously could only be performed by an assistant or head coach.

11-3B: Eliminates most live scouting of opponents.

11-4: Eliminates rule limiting number of coaches allowed to recruit off-campus at one time. The previous rule only allowed seven football coaches on the road during the contact period.

12-3: Allows a student-athlete to receive $300 more than actual and necessary expenses.

13-1: Allows schools to treat prospects as student-athletes in regards to recruiting regulations once they’ve signed a National Letter of Intent.

13-4: Eliminates requirement that schools provide materials such as the banned-drug list and APR data to recruits.

13-5A: Eliminates restrictions on sending printed materials to recruits.

13-7: Eliminates restrictions on publicity once a recruits signs an NLI.

13-8: Deregulates camp and clinic employment rules related to recruits and current student-athletes.

16-4: Allows a school, conference or NCAA to pay for medical related expenses for a student-athlete.

16-6: Allows schools to provide reasonable entertainment in conjunction with competition or practice.

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