NCAA reportedly approves plan to end recruiting dead period
A recruiting dead period that lasted over one year is reportedly, well, dead.
On Wednesday afternoon, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported that the NCAA Division I Council has approved to allow recruiting to return to normal on June 1. However, in the report Auerbach clarifies that it will not become officially official until it’s voted on Thursday.
The NCAA's Division I Council has approved a return to normal recruiting as of June 1, ending the dead period, source tells @TheAthletic, but this isn't officially official until end of Thursday's meeting.
More on what else will be decided today/tmrw: https://t.co/RVKLOHco9Z
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) April 14, 2021
Recruiting has been in a dead period since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic. Student-athletes were not permitted to take official or unofficial recruiting visits to campus during that time and no live evaluations were permitted.
That forced coaches in every sport to get creative with the recruiting process. Interactions via Zoom, text messages, phone calls and social media were still permitted, and coaches often provided student-athletes with virtual tours of facilities and campuses.
Still, a return to normal recruiting practices should make life a lot easier for coaches and staffs in every sport moving forward.