New NCAA “Rules” Allow More Contact With Recruits And $300 For Players

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ESPN: Among the intriguing changes to take effect Aug. 1 will be the elimination of the amount of phone calls and other private communication, such as text messages and through social media, that coaches can have with recruits.

“There was virtually no debate on it. Everyone agreed that those rules need to be changed,” Emmert said. “That was probably the least controversial issue in this whole process.”

There will also be no limit on the number of coaches who can recruit off campus at the same time. Also gone will be restrictions on sending printed recruiting material to prospects, such as the size and colors of such material.

Athletes will be able to accept up to $300 per year beyond normal expenses to attend non-scholastic events, and receive money to help offset expenses associated with practices and competition with national teams, including tryouts. Schools will also be able to provide normal expenses, including travel, for athletes representing the school at events such as goodwill tours and media appearances.

The focus is competitive fairness with the recognition that not all things will always be equal in terms of facilities and resources.

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It is about goddamn time the NCAA wakes up and adds some common sense to their rule book. I have been of the belief that student-athletes should receive monetary rewards beyond the normal expenses. The schools and the NCAA make hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsor and TV revenue between the bowl games for football and the NCAA tournament for basketball. The NCAA and those schools profit off of the backs of the student-athletes. For example, Alabama’s football program took in $43M in revenue but only incurred $29M in expenses (that includes all scholarships and other student aid) for a net income of $14M. I know that is $14M that goes towards subsidizing other athletics programs that aren’t profitable and other academic areas for the school, but you think they can’t afford a small stipend for the players who are directly responsible for generating that revenue?

The biggest impact felt would be in the basketball world. If the players received a small stipend above the normal expenses of attending college, they might be more inclined to stay longer than 1 year before jumping to the NBA. Kentucky’s basketball program brought in $14M in revenue and only $7M in expenses, $7M in net income. If players like Anthony Davis received that stipend, they’d be more inclined to stay longer and maybe even finish their degree.

I know full well that the net income goes to benefit a lot of other areas and fund research programs and other scholarships in the academic realm, etc. But to think that these schools can’t afford to give each of these students an extra grand per year is just ludicrous.

UPDATE: New court ruling is a step in the right direction to give these student athletes what they deserve…a piece of the pie that was baked with their hard work and sweat.

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