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NCAA Rules Working Group’s Phase II complex?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 19, 2013 @ 3:00 am In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Daniel Uthman, USA TODAY Sports
The 26 proposed bylaw changes the NCAA Board of Directors will consider during a scheduled six-hour meeting today is just the first phase of a review intended to reduce the number and complexity of rules in the NCAA Manual and bolster those that remain.
The NCAA’s Rules Working Group, in a forum Friday for Division I presidents and athletic officials, issued a memo listing 25 topics to be reviewed in Phase II of their process of culling the NCAA’s guidelines for college athletics conduct.
Those topics, listed below, focus on recruiting, agents and advisors, academic fraud and financial aid, among others. They are topics that do not have the consensus agreement that characterized those covered in Phase I. “Phase II by design includes a lot of issues that are admittedly more complex and require more discussion,” said Geoff Silver, the NCAA’s Director of Amateurism Certification.
One proposal in Phase I also will receive more discussion and not be up for adoption today: Proposal 13-2, which “allows off-campus contact with recruits beginning the first day of junior year in high school and communication with recruits on or after July 1 after the completion of the recruit’s sophomore year in high school.”
The NCAA’s Leadership Council recommended Thursday the proposal be temporarily tabled for a number of reasons, including the need to get more input from coaches.
Despite the “quick” tabling of the proposal, multiple forum attendees including Big East associate commissioner for compliance and governance Joe D’Antonio spoke in favor of at least testing it in a two-year assessment period that the Board of Directors will have the option to endorse Saturday.
“If we’re going to build a set of rules that are sensible, here’s a place where the board can start,” said Brian Shannon, the faculty athletics representative at Texas Tech and a member of the Rules Working Group, which was created in August 2011.
According to the group’s presentation Friday, the Board’s adoption of the 26 Phase I proposals would reduce the NCAA manual by 25 pages and remove 6,473 secondary violations from the docket. It also said its recommended standard for new legislation would … [For more on NCAA Rules Working Group's Phase II to be more complex, click here.]
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