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NCAA Extends Dead Period through June 30



The Division I Council Coordinator Committee has extended the recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through June 30.

The dead period, which was first put in place in March in response to the shutdown of college campuses due to the coronavirus pandemic, had been extended once already and was set to expire on May 30.

A dead period means that prospective student-athletes may not be hosted for official or unofficial visits on campus, and coaches cannot visit recruits at their schools, homes or other locations.

Coaches and recruits can continue to communicate electronically, through Zoom chats, FaceTime calls, text messages and e-mails. Letters of Intent can be sent and submitted in sports with current open signing periods.

Men’s basketball has already lost two evaluation periods and will lose three more with this current extension. Evaluation periods scheduled for July 9-12 and July 21-16 could still take place.

Football had already lost all seven weeks of its April-May evaluation period, and has now lost its three-week quiet period, in which Pitt has historically held its spring/summer official visit weekends. The last contact period on the 2019-20 calendar for football is scheduled for July 25-31.

The council said that will review the dead period dates on May 27 and could again extend it at that time.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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