The NCAA is changing the rulebook as president Mark Emmert has promised that drastic reforms are coming to the organization. A total of 25 rules have been modified by the NCAA, and more may be changed in the future. The majority will not have a big impact on college athletics, but some could signal a different future.
“The NCAA is currently in the middle of several lawsuits including two that involve the Penn State scandal. Mark Emmert is trying to reclaim some of the tarnished reputation of the organization by making rule changes. They have already been accepted by the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors, so colleges will be forced to follow them in the fall.
“One of the rules that has changed is the ridiculous bagel rule that has often been criticized by the media. Colleges were only allowed to give players bagels if they did not include cream cheese. Often used as an example of the silly bureaucratic rules that stifled the NCAA, the bagel rule has finally been removed. Its disappearance may mark the end to some of the lunacy often associated with the NCAA rulebook.
Some of the other rules that have been changed relate to recruitment and communication. Colleges that are in Division I will not be allowed to talk to opponents in order to scout them. The NCAA claims that it is committed to making competition fair. Players will now be able to get medical expenses paid for by the schools and can receive up to $300 in extra expenses.
“Despite the claims that the NCAA wants to make recruitment more fair, critics believe that some of the rule changes will actually benefit bigger schools. Recruits can be contacted via text messages and other methods. In addition, any type of mailed recruitment material is no longer being controlled by the NCAA. This allows for schools with bigger budgets to send more notices more frequently. However, one of the biggest changes is the ability of schools to have a separate recruitment coordinator. Smaller colleges are not likely to have the budgets for this type of additional staff.
“The NCAA has stated it wants to focus on the bigger problems instead of mulling over bagel details or mailing information. Although this is the type of focus that many colleges welcome, there is an unsavory portion of the rulebook that seems to benefit bigger schools, and this does not seem to be changing.