It’s official: the longest dead period in college football history is now over. Or, it soon will be.
The NCAA’s Division I Council announced Thursday that the pandemic-induced dead period — first put into effect March 13, 2020 and which has remained in place ever since — will end June 1. Unlike the one-time transfer waiver, which the D1 Council also approved today, this rule is good to go and does not need a rubber stamp from the Board of Directors.
“We are delighted to announce that as of June 1, all sports will return to their normal recruiting calendars,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “We want to thank all prospective student-athletes, their families, coaches and current student-athletes for their patience as we determined the best way to move forward safely with recruiting in Division I.”
Of course, coaching staffs have begun making plans for the return of normal recruiting activities ever since the NCAA signaled this change back in February, and so on that front the biggest news is that schools don’t have to cancel camps and official visits that are now on the books.
And while the Council can’t give recruits back 16 months of lost time, they did make several newsworthy adjustments to the recruiting calendar and recruiting rules:
— On-campus evaluations are permitted for unofficial visitors in June and July
— The number of evaluation days for this fall are being increased from 42 to 56
— The phone call calendar for 2023 recruits has been adjusted as follows:
- In January, beginning the Sunday after the American Football Coaches Association Convention, one call per week.
- No calls in February.
- One call per week in March.
- Calls at the school’s discretion in April and May.
- One call per week in June and July.
- Aug. 1 through the Saturday after the AFCA Convention:
- Additional calls to prospective student-athletes or their family are not permitted before Sept. 1 of the beginning of their senior year in high school.
- After Sept. 1, calls are limited to once per week outside a contact period and may be made at the school’s discretion during a contact period.
(That change goes into effect Aug. 1)
— Staff members can now make an unlimited number of phone calls to uncommitted prospects, and current athletes can participate in calls with coaches and recruits at a coach’s discretion. (Coaches cannot direct current players to make calls on their days off.)
— In short, beginning June 1 and through the end of the calendar year, all full-time staff, all volunteer staff, and all current athletes can make calls “involving prospective student-athletes whom an institution is permitted to call.” Staff involved in calls must first pass the NCAA recruiting exam before they can work the phones.
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