NCAA adopts new rules for recruiting, summer access
The NCAA announced five recruiting and summer access rules changes on Wednesday. And for once, the changes are pretty straight forward:
1) Football players will be allowed to participate during an eight-week summer period of formal team activities for eight hours per week, up to two of which may include film study. Players must be enrolled in summer school or meet specific academic benchmarks to participate. This model will mirror the summer program used by Division I basketball programs.
2) Coaches and football staff members are now prohibited from having in-person contact with recruits during all-star games. Contact will be barred from when the prospect arrives as the all-star game until he returns home from the game.
3) The winter dead period has been extended from the Monday of the week mid-year JuCo enrollees can sign a National Letter of Intent, and ends the Wednesday of the week of the AFCA Convention. For 2013-14, that means the dead period has been extended from Dec. 23-Jan. 3 to Dec. 16-Jan. 15.
4) A 14-day dead period was established in late June and early July for FBS schools.
5) Schools may now pay for meals for up to four members of a recruit's family on an official visit. Previously, schools were prohibited from providing meals to siblings or other family members.
All of the changes will apply to FBS and FCS, save for rule No. 4.
To see what a tightrope the NCAA walks when handling recruiting legislation, see the following two tweets from from a pair of experienced recruiting reporters:
Bowl season is, effectively, a dead period for football recruiting. Too bad because that’s one time when families can take trips.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) October 30, 2013
And they're both right.