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NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period in Division I
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Get ready for more zoom calls, virtual tours and video match viewing.

The Division I Council announced Wednesday it was extending the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through April 15, 2021. The dead period has been in place since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, meaning official campus visits and in-person evaluations will have remained off limits for more than a year by extension’s end.

“The Covid-19 numbers are not trending in the right direction for the Council to allow in-person recruiting and the associated long-distance travel for coaches, prospective student-athletes and their families,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “We acknowledge the impact the restrictions are having on student-athletes who dream of being Division I athletes, but we must prioritize the health and safety of current and potential student-athletes and their families, as well as coaches and others on campus.”

Members also voted to permit additional flexibility in virtual recruiting in football by allowing all coaches, full-time school staff members and current students to conduct recruiting calls (telephone calls and video calls) without a countable coach being present. The Council plans to address similar flexibility for other sports at its December meeting.

The dead period extension was supported by the oversight committees for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Members acknowledged that while Divisions II and III had loosened recruiting restrictions, Division I schools are managing active fall sport seasons, which is not the case at most schools in Divisions II and III.

 
 

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