In the new collegiate athletic world envisioned by delegates to the NCAA's 85th annual convention, the search for athletes will include fewer recruiters and fewer campus visits, with absolutely no coaches around when scholarships are signed.
In the first full day of action Tuesday, NCAA delegates put several new curbs on the recruiting process, which in the past has been one of the most expensive and abused segments of big-time college sports.Among the proposals which passed by lopsided margins Tuesday were these:
- To limit the number of paid campus visits by basketball players from 18 to 15 a year for all Division I schools.
- To cut the total number of campus visits by football recruits from 85 to 70 per year.
- To limit the number of coaches who can go off campus to recruit.
- To ban athletic dormitories and reduce the number of training-table meals athletes are served in an effort to integrate athletes more into the regular student body.
- To reduce Division I-A football coaching staffs to one head coach, eight assistants and four "restricted earnings" coaches, eliminating one full-time assistant and two "restricted earnings" coaches.
The latter proposal means that BYU, Utah and Utah State each will be required to eliminate one assistant coach position.
George Perles, football coach and athletic director at Michigan State, said limiting of recruiting visits will mean "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer."
Before Tuesday's action, all full-time football and basketball coaches had been allowed to go off campus to recruit. Now Division I-A football schools will be limited to seven such coaches instead of 10.