Thursday, June 24, 2010

NCAA wants to prohibit early scholarship offers to high school athletes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An NCAA committee wants to prohibit scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 of their junior season of high school.
Under the proposal, coaches would need to acquire five semesters or seven quarters of a high school transcript before making an offer.
It is the first recommendation to come out of the Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet, which has been looking into recruiting conduct and would apply to all sports.
Committee chairwoman Petrina Long said Thursday that recruits and their families told the cabinet they felt pressured to make early decisions. Coaches also said they were under pressure to make the offers to “keep up” with competitors.
The Legislative Council will not vote on the proposal until at least January.

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