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NCAA extends recruiting dead period through August 31

NCAA extends recruiting dead period through August 31

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The NCAA’s Division I Council voted Thursday to extend the in-person recruiting dead period through Aug. 31.

That means no official or unofficial visitors for fall sports during preseason practice, something Nebraska and others used to their advantage in recruiting.

In May, the Council lifted its suspension of voluntary athletic workouts for all universities. Since June 1, numerous Division I football programs have reported positive COVID-19 test, including 23 at Clemson, 13 at Texas and two at Kansas State. Thursday, Missouri announced four student-athletes tested positive. The school has administered 308 test since June 8.

Previously, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association recommended the NCAA extend the dead period for those sports through the end of July, which became a reality. The NCAA had previously canceled its four Academy Showcase events set for July 20 through 26.

The Men’s and Women’s Oversight Committees are not planning to recommend any changes to the summer access model that was adopted last week, which permits institutions to begin summer countable athletic activities in basketball July 20.

What that means for AAU basketball is still up in the air. Unlike football and other fall sports, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and winter sports could look to the fall for weekend evaluation periods. Women’s basketball has previously had a September evaluation period.

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