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NCAA board puts relaxed football recruiting rules on hold


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The NCAA Division I Board of Directors on Thursday suspended the relaxing of football recruiting rules after receiving more than 75 override requests from its membership.

Adopted in January, the new measures would have allowed unlimited contact with recruits and would have increased the number and kind of athletics department staffers who could contact and engage prospects. Such a change would essentially have allowed the creation of "player personnel" departments in football programs that could afford such staffing.

"We are supportive of moving as aggressively as possible while still studying the issues with due diligence," board chair Nathan Hatch, president at Wake Forest, said in an NCAA news release. "It's important to make sure all the pieces of the recruiting model work together to make the most effective change in the culture."

The board suspended or tabled three other recruiting rules earlier this year that dealt with wider recruiting roles, earlier initial contact with recruits and the elimination of restrictions on printed materials promoting a school and its football program.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/college/2013/05/02/ncaa-board-of-directors-recruiting-rules-initial-academic-eligibility-standards-football-bowl-eligibility-big-east-american-athletic-conference/2130781/

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