The Conference Commissioners Association voted at a meeting last month to recommend to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors that the July recruiting period should be eliminated beginning in 2012, CBSSports.com has confirmed. What this means is that the Board of Directors could formally accept the recommendation later this month and effectively end summer recruiting, which would (in my opinion) be a massive mistake.
ESPN.com first reported the development.
Yes, it's true that there are many issues with summer recruiting. But -- as I detailed in a column last June -- eliminating the summer evaluation period would hardly eliminate the issues the NCAA would like to curb. It wouldn't eliminate summer basketball, and it sure wouldn't eliminate the influence of summer basketball coaches, agents or shoe companies. Again, I detailed all of this in a column last June, with the main point being that only folks with no real understanding of this sport -- plus John Calipari -- believe the total elimination of the July recruiting period is a move in the right direction.
Why does Calipari favor it, you ask?
Because he's one of the biggest names in college basketball at one of the sport's most powerful institutions, and at this point Calipari doesn't evaluate and recruit as much as select from an elite crop of well-known prospects. Same goes for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke and Roy Williams at North Carolina. So for those guys, this is great because they work from an advantageous position. But it's terrible for almost everybody else, which is why college coaches are mostly against eliminating summer recruiting, and why the Board of Directors would be wise to listen to them before implementing such drastic legislation.