NCAA rules changes for Division I

What I’m Reading

I’m looking over the list of the dozen or so rules changes passed at last week’s NCAA Convention in Texas, and some of them are interesting.

Two of them directly impact athletic media relations, a subject near and dear to my heart:

  • 13-5-A, which will eliminate restrictions on sending printed recruiting materials to recruits. Conferences still will be prohibited from sending printed recruiting materials.
  • 13-7, which will eliminate restrictions on publicity once a prospective student-athlete has signed a National Letter of Intent or written offer of financial aid or admission.

In the past, the restriction on sending printed recruiting materials to recruits in many instances precluded those materials from being produced altogether. Whether this trend will reverse itself given the advances in the quality of material being made available online; this will be interesting to watch.

The 13-7 change means it’s open season for coverage of recruits once they’ve signed NLIs; this will lead to some interesting (and potentially time-consuming) new activities for media relations offices to promote student athletes before they have even arrived on campus.

There are a few other bylaws pertaining to travel and a student-athlete’s expenses that at first blush seem to lend themselves to some interesting interpretations and, perhaps, some creative ways for schools to fund travel. It’s going to be interesting to see how all of this plays out once the rules take effect in August.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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2 Responses

  1. Ken says:

    I could rant on this – and most of the hypocrisy of the NCAA – for a while, but I will address the media guide issue as briefly as possible:

    – A media guide that I have produced – which, to be honest, are purely recruiting materials for 99% of the NCAA members – has never been credited by a coach for winning a conference championship. But, I have received plenty of blame for the lack of or quality of my media guides in a coaches ability to land recruits.
    – The cost of printing and shipping media guides is prohibitively expensive
    – The “virtual” media guides that have been produced lately give a much clearer picture of the program through use of video
    – The NCAA is a sham, spouting off about purity of the game and amateurism while pocketing billions. Therefore, I question the motives of nearly every decision they make.
    – The NCAA executive committee has 17 members – eight of whom represent the smallest faction of member institutions (FBS – 120 members). Division III, which has nearly 450 members, has three representatives on the committee.

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