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Report Questions Rodriguez's Calls to Recruits

Oh boy, it's getting interesting now. Not only are West Virginia officials accusing Rich Rodriguez of shredding more than defenses, now comes this report that Rodriguez might have been contacting recruits during a dead period. (Edit: My quick interpretation is that no NCAA rules were broken.) And used his WVU-issued cell phone to do it. Talk about a way to start out on the wrong foot. Maybe shredding those cell phone records would have been helpful.

Of the previous allegations against him, Rodriguez said it's a bunch of lies: "They don't care what the truth is, they just want to smear Rich Rodriguez."

By Josh Barr  | January 17, 2008; 11:44 AM ET
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Josh,

The dead period allows phone calls from coaches to recruits. It doesn't allow off campus or on campus contact personal contact. Whether it was correct for him to use his WVU cell phone is another matter, but seems rather trivial.

"Dead period - A dead period is that period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the member institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospects to the institution's campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospect during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 13.7.2.5 for a prospect who visits an institution as part of a group. During such a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospects are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 13.1.9.1, and may not visit the prospects' educational institutions. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone prospects during such a dead period."

Posted by: SYM | January 18, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

You're right. I was just posting what the Charleston Daily Mail reported yesterday -- and I didn't check the recruiting calendar myself. Just took a look and it shows Dec. 16 actually was a "quiet period" day, not "dead period." There isn't much of a difference in this instance.

Posted by: Josh Barr | January 18, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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