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NCAA shelves changes to recruiting rules

The SportsXchange

The NCAA backed off Monday on implementing two proposed rule changes in recruiting that led to protests from coaches and college administrators around the country.

The NCAA Board of Governors suspended part of a deregulation package it had approved in January. In response to the outcry, it decided against allowing staff members other than coaches to recruit and also nixed the plan to lift the limits on the amount of printed material sent to recruits.

A third proposal to allow unlimited texts, phone calls and social media messages to recruits from coaches wasn't suspended but will be subject to the NCAA override process before implementation.

The fear among some coaches was that schools with the means to do so would hire more staffers who were not considered coaches to help in recruiting.

"We are committed to the reform effort. We will move forward with these concepts with collaboration from all interested parties," NCAA president Mark Emmert said. "Suspending these proposals for continued review will provide our coaches, administrators and student-athletes the additional opportunity to have their voices heard."

There's still a chance the two suspended rules could go into effect, but each would require modification before the rules committee would present them again to the Board of Directors.

The changes were part of a broader process initiated by the NCAA to streamline regulations. The intent was to eliminate what it considered smaller matters in order to give the NCAA and school compliance officials more time to focus on enforcement.

The Big Ten was one of the leading opponents of the relaxed recruting rules since the announcement in January.

The NCAA said it responded "to extensive membership feedback that despite the benefits of the proposals, the new rules could have a negative impact on prospects and their families, college coaches and administrators."
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