Major changes coming to men’s basketball recruiting model

  • 10/27/2011 3:51 pm in Board revamps men’s basketball recruiting

Men’s basketball coaches will be free to contact recruits without many of the current restrictions under a new recruiting model for the sport adopted by the Division I Board of Directors Thursday.

Coaches will be allowed to send unlimited phone calls and text messages to men’s basketball recruits. The deregulation extends to social media, starting June 15 after a recruit’s sophomore year. Private messages on social networks also will be deregulated. Public messages through social networks will continue to be prohibited because of the rule preventing institutions from publicizing their recruiting efforts.

The Board believed that allowing earlier and more frequent contact between coaches and recruits will help build stronger relationships and reduce some of the influence of third parties on the recruiting process.

The new model, recommended after a year of study by the Leadership Council, also restores two weekends of recruiting at nonscholastic events in April and trims the summer recruiting period to three four-day periods in July.

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  • MillaRed

    This is great. I am very thankful for this, as long as they send the following letter to the IU athletics department and their fans……

    Dear IU Nation,

    It is now well documented that phone calls and text messages are no longer an issue with recruiting. You may be asking yourself, “This is somewhat disturbing seeing how you TURNED OUR PROGRAM UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE OF THESE VERY CHARGES!”

    We can all agree Kelvin Sampson was a dirt bag. Yet we the NCAA, instead of punishing him directly, fractured your program into pieces that in turn put the worst basketball teams on the court you have seen in decades.

    For you see, we really have no idea what we are doing. Crazy right? All of this money flowing through our system and we are, well, idiots.

    Consider this an apology. Sort of. We really don’t care. We have double standards and contradict ourselves routinely. Hey, can we still be friends?


    The NCAA (Not Caring About Anything)

  • Anonymous

    Yeah.  My first and only reaction to this is “so we suffered through 4 of the worst seasons in IU basketball history and NCAA basketball history in general over a rule that no longer applies?  Awesome.”

    Silver lining: I’d still rather have Crean and a cleaner program than Sampson.  Without the old rule, we never would have gotten to this point.  Probably wouldn’t have gotten Zeller either (though maybe we’d have Teague).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the idea of basically unlimited contact starting right after their sophmore year.  I think some of these guys (recruiters) need some boarders.  I was good friends with a high level recruit a while back and we couldn’t even chill out and watch TV without 5-6 coaches calling just to see how he was doing.  But yeah, the whole thing sucks as an IU fan since this is what destroyed our program.  I like the rules to be loosened up but not a free for all.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Agreed, CTC is the man

  • JerryCT

    Looks like we got rid of Samson just in time

  • hgdownunder

    Yep, infinite contacts could backfire.

  • TsaoTsuG

    Wow!! Take it seriously. What does that do to our view of Kelvin Sampson? He did break a rule and he did attempt to evade the truth about it. But, do those acts disappearing as ‘sins’ change anything? Is IU’s reputation now clean? Should the NCAA pay IU a sum for the damages caused? If they don’t, should we sue the NCAA for those damages?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I’m sure some recruits will be glad to hit “ignore” on their phones instead of having to constantly deal with Bruce Weber using binoculars to watch them through their bedroom windows (lose the trenchcoat, Bruce!).

  • InTheMtns

    Hmmm . . .  dirt bag or pioneer. With this new ruling, it seems hard to tell. 
    Love your letter, Milla, including the signature.
    Psvirsky’s sliver lining may be what we want to focus on.

  • MillaRed

    ha ha. Pioneer. Nice.

  • MillaRed

    That’s the irony isn’t it? There is no penalty for the NCAA at all.

    Thanks a lot guys. You are awesome.

  • 323SGrant

    Unlimited calling and texting in a kid’s Jr. and Sr. year and the NCAA doesn’t think this will interfere with a kid’s study and family time? Do they understand how many times many of these coaches will call and text these kids?

  • Anonymous

    RAOTFLMAO Good one. Instantly had a mental picture in my head. Maybe something along the old detective Colombo look combined with stalker mentality ?

     Bruthee with 3 day old stubble and a short unlit cigar I can see that and of course now that it will be unlimited contact Colombo’s favorite phrase fits as well “ah, just one more thing”  🙂

  • Anonymous

    And as with all important documents the response to this letter will need more than one or two signatures.

    I would be more than willing to pen my name on said response. No, wait a minute, I would be very happy to do that. No, check that, if said response is sent I DEMAND to have my name on it.

    NCAA = Not Caring About Anything……Priceless and so fitting !!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I agree it turned our program upside down so now its ok for everyone else to do it. That’s just bs Im sorry because now that we have our recruits coming in and who knows now that creep down in Lexington will call all the recruits we have and say you sure your making the right decision. I will be very upset if I see recruits changing their minds because this latest change. It just seems like the governing body of the NCAA just decides when its gonna effect our program. I thought Miles Brand was gone. (no pun intended on his death) This just doesnt sit well with me because all these sanctions we had to go thru to get this point. Give me a break!

  • Coach Lev 19

    I have been saying since day 1 on this blog that we as IU fans should be angry with the NC2A instead of Kelvin Sampson. I have caught alot of flak for having this opinion on this site and even within my circle of IU friends but the time has come for you to realize that the NCAA screwed us and they didn’t just set our program back 6 years, they also robbed you and I of some very exciting seasons under Sampson. Including what his last team would have done, for rules that apparently shouldn’t have been rules at all

    Spare me the “scumbag” label when talking about Sampson who was simply doing LESS THAN what he had to do to compete in the modern NCAA setup. And don’t talk to me about the “type of player” he recruited to IU when “those types players” are seen hoisting the final 4 trophy every March. They are college basketball players, not your Sunday bible study attendees.

    Our true enemy is the NCAA who chooses to punish programs at their own discretion while true “scumbags” like John Calipari and Jim Calhoun are allowed ravage real NCAA rules  while KS serves a 10 year ban from the NCAA for text messages. Say it outload to yourself, text message.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I was also picturing a windowless van, perhaps with one of those ’70s paint jobs (wizards and wolves and stuff).

  • Anonymous

    So, are we renaming their mascot, “Chief Illiniwank”?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Sooooooo, probation now for us is automatically lifted??  Doubt it.  It is the NCAA we are talking about here.  NCAA – Natural Cash Acquiring Accountants 

    Sorry Milla, I liked yours too, but these guys do it for the money, and strike down upon anyone not involved in their master plan to make more money. Non profit my ass.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s my prediction:  this will lead to kids more frequently declaring earlier just to get the phone to stop ringing.  That in turn will lead to more kids backing out of verbal commitments when they realized they made hasty decisions.

    Then, in a couple of years the NCAA will change back to something similar to the old (current,) rule. 

    Either way it’s not going to eliminate turds like World Wide Wes, which is what they’re trying to do without actually putting forth any effort to catch them.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I’ve been referring to Purdue as the Boilerwankers for 3-4 months, but nobody else has joined me.  We need to start that movement.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I wonder if any of the big wireless carriers will get on this and hire a few high profile college coaches to do some tv commercials to endorse their unlimited mobile call and texting programs? Would kind of remind me of the old AT&T or MCI long distance commercials we used to see on TV back in the 80’s and 90’s. I could see one with Jim Boeheim in his mahogany covered office leaning back in his chair depicted as texting away to a recruit on a mobile while talking to another recruit on another with some cheezy 1980’s saxophone commercial music playing in the background, with a deep voiced narrator explaining the benefits of unlimited calling and texting.

  • sk1rtsfly

    Bob Knight recruited Sunday bible study attendees, among other Hoosiers. How does Sampson’s record compare to Knight’s?

  • HoosierDadE

    I like to picture my Bruce Weber outside a recruit’s house holding up a boom box like John Cusack in Say Anything…

    Playing Meatloafs “I will do anything for love (or to grab a recruit)”

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    My grandpa used to refer to them as Doilymakers…. What about Boilerstankers?

  • HoosierDadE

    How bout “Chief Ill-i-a-weiny”?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    With feathers from the Illiniwank head dress hanging down from the ceiling of the van inside the windshield like the tassels hung down in those 1970’s vans. I bet he would have an air mattress in the back along with his secret scapbook of Eric Gordon pictures during Eric’s freshman year on campus. Maybe some lotion as well.  Perhaps a fruity scented kind from Bath and Bodyworks? Pearberry I bet.

  • HoosierDadE

    Love it Milla…but the NCAA does care about one thing…


  • Anonymous

    Sorry Coach Lev 19 but even though this is now legal I still throw up a little in my mouth every time Denim Jean’s name is mentioned. Thanks for the memories: team implosion, gpa going to $hit, years of heartache. But now I feel better about it. Thanks NCAA

    GO IU!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone else think that IU should be “repaid” the scholarships that were forfeited?

  • Jack

    EVERYONE LOOK HERE IM So glad IU came out with a close win. Haters r saying we r going to lose against Kentucky were not If u read. Kentucky almost lost to two unranked teams. They did lose the SEC tournament. A weakness u may ask yes yes it is. So if I was coach I would watch every single weekness and practice them as hard as u can. We will win with the help of film.