The controversial new television network developed by the University of Texas is now on the air, and the NCAA says it will be watching to make sure the school does not gain a competitive advantage by showing games and events to entice prospective recruits.
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors, made up of university presidents, have unanimously approved increasing the required academic performance of all teams and mandated that teams must meet those requirements in order to participate in any NCAA sponsored championship or football bowl game. The announcement was made following a two-day retreat focused on improving intercollegiate athletics in a variety of ways: academics, fiscal responsibility and integrity called by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
Our friend and colleague Norm Woods passed away at his home in Kitchener, Ontario, on August 29th at the age of 67.
Norm began working with CPOA in 1991. For many years he was the main liaison with head office in Ohio and with the directors throughout Canada. He helped mentor many of us with a sense of purpose and always a sense of humor.
Source: R. Newman
As of early August, when this year’s Guide for the College Bound Athlete was unveiled, the NCAA adjusted an important recruiting rule regarding Official Visits. Starting this academic year, Senior prospects are allowed to take an unlimited amount of D2 official visits (still with a limit of one per school), just like the D3 rule. However, they included a provision regarding student-athletes that are taking both D1 and D2 visits: If the prospect ends up enrolling and would like to be eligible to participate at the D1 program they take an official visit to, you could have only taken up to 5 official visits between D1-D2 (same rule as last year).
If you are not confused by this, consider yourself one of the smarter ones. Here’s a simple breakdown for coaches to understand what this means to them:
This past April the NCAA modified legislation dealing with type of content that can be uploaded to recruiting services web sites for all men’s and women’s sports. The new rule states that online video can only consist of footage from “sanctioned events”, which would include high school, prep school and two-year college games which have been approved by the NCAA. In essence, no type of skill, practice, training, camp, combine, AAU or club team footage is permitted to be uploaded to any recruiting services web site.
Nearly 63 percent of graduating seniors who have chosen a college to attend this fall are headed to their first choice. Of those headed somewhere else, about 35 percent were not admitted to their top choice and 31 percent said they could not afford to go there.