CRACK DOWN ON RECRUITING SERVICES

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Twitter was abuzz today with news that the NCAA wants to ban schools from subscribing to services such as Rivals, Scout and 247 recruiting websites.

According to the ByLawBlog via twitter, “Just got word institutions may not subscribe to Rivals…” More tweets followed on this issue. Including this one: “The reason is that Rivals provides video of nonscholastic competition that is not available to the general public.”

This would apply to all recruiting services and not just Rivals because of their requirement to purchase a subscription to view such content. Sports writer Bryan Fischer obtained this comment from the NCAA and reported it via twitter, “All recruiting/scouting services are held to the same legislated standard and we consider Rivals.com to be a recruiting/scouting service.” He later tweeted, “I’ve obtained the emails sent out. It is my understanding that this legislation also applies to Scout, 24/7 and ESPN team sites.”

The specter of a coverage ban was also raised, but might not happen.

According to Tidesports.com’s Cecil Hurt via twitter, “Re: NCAA decision on “services.” Don’t anticipate a coverage ban, but it would have to include ESPN, which also has recruiting content.”

No doubt more information to come.