Awh, hell to the no

On the first day of the July recruiting period, this guy and I were walking into North Central High School when a black Cadillac pulled up next to us and whirled around a turn. With no spots available in front of the school, the Caddy double-parked.

Who was in that rented Cadillac? Roy Williams.

It was a hilarious scene, full of so many questions: who rents a Cadillac to drive from the airport to a high school to a hotel to the airport? Does Roy have that car on permanent hold, given all his trips to Indiana? What would happen if the car was towed? He wasn’t wearing a sport coat, so he couldn’t resort to his typical “I am angry”-manuever.

It’s also a scene I may never see again.

The Conference Commissioners Association is recommending that the July evaluation period be eliminated, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

According to another source, the Division I board will meet Oct. 28 and has a number of options: accept the recommendation and implement it immediately or delay the implementation; introduce new legislation and send it through the normal governance structure; direct a study of options; or do not act on the recommendation.

According to the meeting’s minutes, the recommendation said the new recruiting model would not include a summer recruiting period for July 2012, ESPN.com learned. All 31 Division I commissioners were in attendance and voted in favor of the proposal.

The NCAA has already restricted coaches from attending April and May AAU events. College coaches would be forced to evaluate prospects during the school year, forcing them to leave their teams and evaluate prospects against often substandard competition.

It would also, I imagine, dramatically change the tenor of summer league basketball. The April tournaments took a big hit when coaches were restricted from attending in 2009, and the same could happen with July. The top prospects will play each other in summer camps sponsored by the shoe companies, insuring some competition during the high school offseason. The rest of the prospects, the ones who hope to be noticed each July by low-major Division I and schools in Division II, will play in events no one can watch.

One comment

  1. I think leaving the kids alone during their first summer month after end of school year is a good thing. Sometimes getting away from the game is a good thing.

    I feel there is the all mighty dollar surrounding most of this stuff anyway.

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