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NCAA Extends Dead Period through Aug. 31

NCAA Extends Dead Period through Aug. 31

The NCAA Division I council voted to extend the recruiting dead period in all sports through the end of August, the council announced on Thursday after a virtual meeting.

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 three times previously and was set to expire on July 31.

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.

The extension of the dead period through August would lead into what is usually a key time for recruits to take unofficial visits to campus during games in September.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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