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NCAA Puts Children Off Limits; Bans Paying Prospect's Coaches

No more recruiting Johnny Sixth-Grader. The NCAA yesterday passed emergency legislation that will prohibit college coaches from recruiting players before they enroll in ninth grade. Guess that also means no more decommit and recommit before 10th grade.

"It was a negative trend," said Steve Mallonee, the NCAA's managing director of academic and membership affairs. "Unfortunately, there was no rule in place, and that's where the landscape was. You got into this mentality where, 'If I can benefit from it, and if there is nothing to stop me, why shouldn't I?' "


The NCAA also voted to prohibit coaches and individuals associated with high school boys' basketball prospects from being hired to speak at events associated with colleges.

Ought to be interesting to see how this is policed and enforced. For instance, would Terrelle Woody - trainer, mentor, etc., for Gus Gilchrist - still be able to work a summer's worth of basketball camps at South Florida? And will high school and travel-team coaches and hangers-on be allowed to work college coaches' summer camps? I would guess so, but no question this will be difficult to navigate.

By Josh Barr  | January 16, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball, Football  | Tags:  Gus Gilchrist, NCAA  
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