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NCAA modifies rulebook with 25 proposals


The NCAA has been planning to slim/modify its rulebook for the better part of two years. Frankly, it seemed like it was never going to happen.

But on Saturday, the Association adopted a whopping 25 proposals with the intention of shifting its focus to better supporting student-athletes and modifying recruiting rules that are more enforceable.

You can check out the release from the NCAA HERE.

One of the big changes is that athletes will be able to receive “$300 more than actual and necessary expenses, provided the expenses come from an otherwise permissible source.” The debate on paying athletes more than the value of an athletic scholarship has been picking up interest over the past couple of years. The idea of compensating athletes at “market value” is unrealistic, but this is a step in the right direction for anyone who favors extra money for athletes.

Additionally, both student-athletes and recruits will be allowed to receive “actual and necessary expenses for training, coaching, health insurance and the like from a governmental entity.” Athletes and recruits can also receive “actual and necessary expenses” for athletes representing an institution during practices/competition as well as noncompetitive events.

Certain recruiting restrictions have also been eased or lifted altogether. For one, the NCAA will eliminate restrictions on methods and modes of communicating with prospects during the recruiting process. In other words, text messaging, instant messaging, social media messaging — these will all be permissible and unlimited so long as the communication is private.

So, yes, butt dialing is no longer considered an NCAA issue. However, exactly when a coach can begin butt dialing contacting a recruit is still up for vote.

Speaking of coaches, the NCAA lifted restrictions on which staff members contact recruits. This will no longer be limited to a head coach and assistants. The only restriction is that non-coaching staff members cannot recruit off-campus. However, the NCAA did remove the limits on the number of coaches who can recruit off-campus at any one time. That was the so-called “baton rule.”

All 25 proposals go into effect on Aug. 1 of this year.

There’s more to be done and the USA Today has a good look into what lies ahead for the NCAA Rules Working Group. But this is a start. Loosening some of the recruiting restrictions that were simply outdated and more trouble than they were worth was a necessity.

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8 Responses to “NCAA modifies rulebook with 25 proposals”
  1. cometkazie says: Jan 19, 2013 7:07 PM

    You can’t legislate common sense and decency.

  2. melikefootball says: Jan 19, 2013 7:20 PM

    How about stopping the thugness attitude on the field? You want to promote the sportsmanship than penatlize this style play.

  3. roundup5 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:48 PM

    melikefootball: You have hit the nail on the head. A good
    example of “thugs” on the field, was Florida in their recent
    bowl game. It looked like the Broward County jail released
    some players in Gainesville.

  4. pdcooper08 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:19 PM

    Thugness attitude? We are talking the game of football. To play most positions on the field, u have thug in you. It’s called controlled thuggery. When one or more players goes over the line, that’s what you have 7 officials and numerous coaches for. You penalize and remove the guilty parties. I think this problem has already been addressed and tapered down quite a bite. How about the NCAA continue to place it’s focus off the field where it is needed.

  5. dalucks says: Jan 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    I still find it hilarious that the NCAA cannot pay amateurs who generate 20 million dollar TV deals. What gives?

  6. dcroz says: Jan 20, 2013 12:13 AM


    The problem is that, while some of the big-name athletic programs are profitable, many more are not. Alabama or Texas could afford to pay their athletes $50-100K a year, but Vanderbilt or Baylor could not. And when I say “athletes,” I mean ALL scholarship athletes, whether they play men’s football or women’s field hockey. All are covered under the same set of NCAA rules, and so all would have to be treated equally when it comes to getting paid. So, the issue isn’t nearly as cut-and-dried as it may seem at first glance.

  7. gershonpsu says: Jan 20, 2013 8:01 AM

    Mark Emmert is a thug. Until he starts following the rules in his rule book, why would he expect anyone else to?

  8. mogogo1 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:08 PM

    “$300 more than actual and necessary expenses, provided the expenses come from an otherwise permissible source.”

    Is that per semester? Per year? Even the linked release from the NCAA doesn’t make it clear.

    And what’s the significance of 300 bucks? Was that a compromise between those who thought it should be 500 and those who thought it should be zero?

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