By Staff Report.
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors suspended the rule that would have allowed football coaches to communicate through unlimited text messages and lifted restrictions on numbers of contacts.
The board reconsidered the measure it adopted in January after receiving more than 75 override requests.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was among those who voiced concerns about the changes.
In suspending the rule, the presidents on the Board endorsed a recommendation that all the recruiting concepts under review be examined as a group to develop a model that considers how the changes would work together.
The decision does not affect recruiting rules adopted for men’s and women’s basketball.
“We are supportive of moving as aggressively as possible while still studying the issues with due diligence,” said chair Nathan Hatch, president at Wake Forest University. “It’s important to make sure all the pieces of the recruiting model work together to make the most effective change in the culture.”
Suspended or tabled were three other recruiting-related rules earlier this year:
Eliminating rules defining recruiting roles which would allow for naming a coordinator from outside the coaching staff
Permitting earlier contact with recruits
Eliminating restrictions on printed recruiting materials
Each of the concepts will be reviewed and how they relate to each other with the added context of possible revisions to recruiting calendars set to be considered during the next phase of rulebook simplification.
The Board declined to change its position on a proposal prohibiting live scouting of opponents, which also had received more than 75 override requests. With that action, the measure will go to a full vote of the membership through an online process.
The Board agreed with the Rules Working Group assessment that the measure creates a simpler and more consistent rule that is easy to follow.
The presidents noted that those who oppose the change expressed concern about access to and quality of video in some of the Olympic sports.