NCAA Recruiting Dead Period Extended; More Changes Expected
As WVU head coach Neal Brown predicted on Wednesday, the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through June 30.
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“I can understand the argument,” Brown said while predicting the extension. “I saw where the college basketball coaches came out and recommended their dead period last through July. I can see the argument there. I would be kind of surprised if we have any visitors allowed on campus over the summer.”
One day prior to Brown’s statement, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) sent a letter to the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee recommending a dead period extension through July 31, while also proposing further discussion on holding the usual summer tournaments and open recruiting periods in October and beyond.
The NCAA D1CCC did not go that far, extending the dead period only until the end of June, and noted that it would revisit the issue on May 27, with possible extensions or modifications to come.
On the normal recruiting calendar for this year, April 15 – May 31 was designated as the off campus evaluation period for FBS football programs. A dead period was scheduled for June 22 – July 24.
In men’s basketball, May 21-29 was a dead period, with three weekends in June (17-18, 19-21 and 26-28) tabbed as evaluation periods. Another open evaluation period on July 9-12 was also scheduled, but the NCAA College Basketball Academy slated for July 21-26 has already been cancelled.
The unique circumstances of this recruiting season mean that any changes or modifications can’t be ruled out.