NCAA makes changes in recruiting

Coaches now allowed 'discussions' on campus

April 13, 2010 

INDIANAPOLIS — College basketball coaches no longer have to shy away from potential recruits during summer camps and clinics on their own campuses.

On Tuesday, the NCAA's Legislative Council announced it would allow coaches to have "recruiting discussions" on campus, loosening a rule that was nearly impossible to enforce anyway. The change does not mean coaches can go into full recruiting mode, but they can converse with players they are actually recruiting.

The changes must still be approved by the NCAA's Board of Directors, which meets later this month. The proposal does not distinguish between head coaches or assistants.

"The coach cannot give them campus tours and do the kinds of things that they would do on an official visit," said Steve Mallonee, the NCAA's managing director of academic and membership affairs. "We wanted to eliminate some of the third-party influence in recruiting."

The proposals intended to clean up college basketball recruiting gained traction in October when the board unanimously endorsed a package of changes. Some were adopted. Others did not survive the NCAA's rigorous legislative process.

The council considered more than 30 proposals during a two-day meeting this week and passed more than 20, including an amended package that creates new testing requirements for the sickle cell genetic trait that has been linked to the deaths of some athletes.

Most of today's newborns now undergo the test, which many states were offering in 1998. Some of today's college athletes, however, have not been tested and the NCAA recommended last June that all athletes be tested.

On Tuesday, the council decided to give athletes three options: Take the test, provide documentation they have been tested or sign a release to decline the test.

• HURLEY TO JOIN BROTHER AT WAGNER — Former Duke star Bobby Hurley will join his brother's staff at Wagner. Dan Hurley was hired last week to coach the Seahawks, and the school announced Tuesday his older brother would serve as an assistant coach.

Bobby Hurley worked as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers for a year but has no college or pro coaching experience. The 38-year-old former point guard is still the NCAA career assist leader.

• TIP-INS — Brad Brownell of Wright State was hired as the basketball coach at Clemson. ... Central Michigan and coach Ernie Zeigler have agreed to a new four-year contract. ... Melquan Bolding, Duquesne University's third-leading scorer, has been released from his scholarship and will transfer to another school. ... Ekpe Udoh has entered his name into the NBA draft, but still could return for his senior season at Baylor. Udoh hasn't hired an agent and could still play for the Bears if he withdraws his name from the draft by May 8.

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