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Recruiting Dead Period Extended Through May 31

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The ban on in-person recruiting activities that began last spring will now continue through at least May 31, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The Division I Council extended the recruiting dead period through May 31 for all sports.

The decision was made based on a recommendation from the Division I Football, Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees and the Division I Legislative Committee, citing concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 was necessary,” said M. Grace Calhoun, Council chair. “However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15.”

The Council also passed a blanket waiver extending the number of hours football teams can spend on “countable, athletically related, out-of-season activities” this spring from eight to 10. All included activities will be non-contact and student-athletes will still have two days off per week.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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