NCAA to Vote on Hoops Measures

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The NCAA Division I Board of Directors will vote today on whether to adopt a set of basketball measures ranging from changes in the summer recruiting calendar to scholarship limits.

The board, which is comprised of university presidents from conferences across the nation, will consider nine proposals that were passed earlier this month by the Division I Management Council.

Included in the measures adopted by the council April 10-11 are proposals that would shorten the men's basketball summer recruiting period, limit the number of men's basketball scholarships a school can award per year to five, and provide financial aid for men's and women's basketball players attending summer school.

"I was pleased that the Management Council was able to reach a strong consensus," said council chair and Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland. "I think (the proposals) will have a substanstial impact on the way we administer the sport."

The measures have a strong likelihood of gaining the board's approval. According to NCAA Public Relations Director Wally Renfro, the board passes proposals sent to it by the Management Council 90 percent of the time.

The most contentious issue is Proposal 99-128-B , which addresses the summer recruiting period. It would reduce the period in which a men's basketball coach can evaluate recruits from 24 days to 14 days for the summer of 2001 and eliminate it altogether for the summer of 2002.

The changes are designed to limit the influence of corporate-sponsored camps at which high school players showcase their skills to college coaches. Camps run by shoe companies like Nike and adidas attract the top talent in the country.

It would also shift the emphasis in recruiting from summer club teams to the high school season. With the recent scandals involving club coaches paying their players - including recently-indicted Myron Piggie's alleged payments to UCLA's JaRon Rush and former Duke player Corey Maggette - the NCAA felt it had to address problems in the recruiting process.

"There's a pretty universally accepted sense that the summer recruiting process involves a lot of individuals that have no connection to education," Renfro said. "It's become something of a meat market. The idea is to reduce the influence of those who aren't in education, and move it into high school if possible."

Renfro added that the NCAA is planning to come up with an alternative to the summer recruiting period by the summer of 2002. He said lower-tier Division I schools and athletes benefit from the summer recruiting process and will lobby for a replacement.

Proposal 99-122-A, which would limit annual scholarship allocations to five, will also generate some debate. It is designed to halt the transfer epidemic that has grown in recent years by addressing both coaches' and athletes' concerns.

By limiting the number of scholarships a coach can reward per year, the NCAA hopes it can prevent coaches from forcing athletes out after a few years, as well as to encourage them to recruit athletes who will stay at their school for their entire collegiate careers.

"It's to bring stability to the recruiting and help in the commitment to education," Renfro said. "It will try to improve commitment to recruitment - not allow coaches to run individuals out. It's also to recruit individuals who will not be leaving after the first year."

The Management Council did not approve the proposal calling for a graduation-rate capped scholarship allocation system. That proposal would have tied scholarship allocations to graduation rates, so schools would be awarded as many as 15 and as few as 13 scholarships, depending on their rates.


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