NCAA extends recruiting dead period

The NCAA has extended its recruiting dead period for all sports through the month of July, essentially wiping away hopes for an AAU basketball season.

The NCAA had already canceled its College Basketball Academy, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) recommended previously that the NCAA extend its dead period through July 31.

This just officially follows through with that recommendation, eliminating the possibility of coaches attending an event like Nike’s Peach Jam, which was scheduled to take place from July 8-12. 

As far as football recruiting, the extension of the dead period doesn’t do as much harm. This takes the sport a week beyond its originally scheduled dead period from June 22-July 24.

While this is an added restriction, other moves in recent days have trended towards a restart of athletic activities. Last Wednesday, the NCAA’s Division I Council voted to allow student-athletes in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball to return to voluntary, on-campus workouts when the current moratorium expires on June 1. Indiana University also announced Wednesday plans to begin in-person teaching on Aug. 24.

The Big Ten Conference has its own ban on athletic activities through June 1, so that would also have to be lifted if IU were to return for workouts. Even then, however, the final decision is left to individual institutions, based in part on the rules and regulations put in place by state governments in the various phases of reopening.

As part of its announcement Wednesday, the NCAA also said it will allow strength and conditioning staffs to virtually observe workouts for health and safety purposes, starting June 1, but only if it’s requested by the student-athlete.

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  1. Not directly related, but there is a very interesting story written by Pat Forte in Sports Illustrated (you can find it in The Dailey Hoosier) that chronicles how badly UConn mismanaged its FB program over the last 20 years or so and how, as a result, they are now faced with eliminating a bunch of non-revenue-producing varsity sports in order to make up a $40 million deficit. For a while while reading the article I thought I was reading about IU FB during some period over the last 50 years. But I was relieved to discover that UConn has probably replaced IU as the all-time mismanaged FB program in NCAA history. What a mess!

    And for those who still doubt the importance of FB to a a school’s Athletic Department Budget and non-revenue-producing varsity sports, read this story. It’s a cautionary tale about how badly a bunch of totally incompetent and egotistical university administrators can destroy a proud university’s athletic department in spite of successful Basketball programs.

    1. Ugly reminder. ESPN (back yard) televised Uconn’s first Div 1 football game a number if years ago. IU lost.

      On a more positive note, glad to see TA deciding to ‘invade’ Iowa for a big OL guy. Ferentz has been cherry picking IU would be recruits since he’s been there. I don’t know if the kid is any good..but I hope he comes to Bloomington.

  2. Sad thing about it Po is that UConn had a decent FB program for a few years. As much as we all love BB, it does not pay the freight for the rest of the athletic departments around the country. BB in a lot of cases can cover its own costs with a little bit to spare, but it is FB that has to shoulder the heavy lifting. Without FB, the TV contracts would be a shadow of what they are currently.

  3. It may be important to budgets….but Indiana U. has no lore or any bragging rights without the banners. You can’t put a value on what that heyday did for student enrollment, economic vitality and passions that allowed everyone to hold their heads high.
    There is nothing like a winner. And when you don’t have a winner, all the money in the world won’t keep emotions and passions alive.

    You can’t just paint candy stripes onto chrome helmets and transfer such deeply rooted and earned respect via marketing and halftime cannon fire.

    We have mismanaged basketball far more than football over the last decade. Consult ‘Conference Midwest Elite’ to witness just how much it has been mismanaged.

    When all the greats of our basketball banner heyday have passed on (let’s face facts, many are not far from assisted living centers), reunions can no longer serve much purpose in propping up the mismanaged basketball to go along with the comatose football.
    Once that happens, you’ll begin to understand the loss. Football may be the breadwinner…but it will never be the sophisticated trophy wife. Basketball legitimized Indiana because it reflected the great teachings on a court indicative of the top education and unique flavor of Indiana University and the town of Bloomington.
    Those parallels built respect and credibility in sport and classroom in many ways few will ever understand.

  4. In some respects, he chose Indiana. He chose to be coached by Chris Beard; a coach who is a great admirer and disciple of Bob Knight. McClung chose a coach he knew would be totally devoted to teaching the game and playing like a team (though that has always been my impression of Ewing…so the whole thing is a bit baffling).
    Considering his “list,” Beard and Texas Tech was the top choice.

    But most Hoosier fans (other than those on this blog who would hate on him simply because I was noticing this kid over a year ago…and clamoring for him someday donning candy stripes) would have loved the hell out of Mac McClung. We could have used some heart, grit, old school passion, mystique…and the joy that comes from watching someone simply having fun at the game of basketball.
    Lander’s reclassification likely screwed any opportunity at McClung…..At the end of the day, Lander serves a greater need. We need a dynamic point guard.
    McClung was always going to be for spunk and ‘it factor.’

    1. H4H,

      I am still hoping that you already have your McClung style player on the roster. Whether or not this develops is yet to be seen, but I do think I see what you are looking for in Galloway. Hope he proves me right and you get the “spunk and it factor” you’re looking for.

  5. I have my doubts Archie Miller possesses the hard edge in character required to manage the dynamics and chemistry disruption McClung would bring to a perceived roster hierarchy.
    When I’ve witnessed laughing and smirking on our bench during McCracken beat-downs and ‘holdovers’ commanding minutes where not warranted based on play/performance, there remain big questions on the topics of synergy and leadership. Losing Justin Smith adds to those questions.

    Chris Beard is no-nonsense. Someone as hyped as McClung requires a coach who has skills and leadership beyond keeping pampered perceptions of those who play to be a prima donna in candy stripes happy and in check.

    As I’ve always said, Archie is a considerable upgrade. Just about any D-1 basketball coach would have been an upgrade. I wish I was more convinced he possesses his own version of ‘it factor’ to manage the many colliding forces of talented rosters and the expectations of egos inflated by mock drafts, buying kids onto rosters, ratings sites exaggerations, social media/twitter buzz, perceived seniority/perceived ‘deserved’ playing time, etc, etc, in a world of rosters struggling to mature while in constant flux ; all operating in a culture amped-up in immediate success and immediate gratification.

    You forever provide your slow gravy examples of Villanova and Virginia…and probably the models of what’s now beginning to thicken into a nice rich gravy at Texas Tech post Knight’s influences there (maybe even add Illinois to such examples). There are many fine examples of programs doing a nice job of finding high level talent along with maturing rosters. But in all of your examples, you seem to act is if the coach in charge is a constant…..They are not a constant. They also have varying degrees of maturity, leadership and stability. Jay Wright, Tony Bennett, Chris Beard, Brad Underwood….? Does Archie fit into that starting five? How will Archie be perceived by his senior year/4th season of coaching (and how is he currently being perceived) compared to the “new fraternity” of prestige coaching in college basketball?

  6. IU basketball still continues with A.M. as coach. In his thus far short stent not yet an A.M. era. It won’t be an A.M. era unless he gets it turned around. Currently, though the verdict is still out it is getting closer. Thus far there is no indication of a turn around for the better. Lander is not a viable answer. Rather, he could be a future important piece of the puzzle because currently he is just a little to young though an excellent recruit for IU. However, no over expectations and that will be a possible excuse this upcoming season (often that is football tradition) IU will get them next year because IU is young and the young players will get better and better (used by Cam Cameron and IU football did get better in football all the way to a 5 win season under Cam). This leads to what could possibly become the next IU basketball coaching era. Knight went from IU to Texas Tech. Then, Chris Beard from T.T. to IU. This could represent a swap or trade between the two schools. C.B. seems to pass the coaching eye test of what could be very good for IU men’s basketball. However, currently still waiting for the to be or not to be the A.M. coaching era?

  7. Archie will be on his fourth mulligan….

    1st Mulligan : Severe case of Holdoveritis
    2nd Mulligan: Injuries
    3rd Mulligan: Devonte Inconsistency: a.k.a. Lingering Holdoveritis
    4th Mulligan: Lander Too Young (Imaturitis) / Reverse Holdoveritis (Smith transfer)

    I think you’re right, t. IU Basketball is in a constant excuse/reset pattern. Meanwhile, ELEVEN Midwestern basketball programs have gone to a collective 28 Elite Eights and 17 Final Fours to Indiana’s ZERO over the last decade (the numbers would have been worse had their been a 2020 March Madness).

    An AD will have spent nearly 12 years at IU without a Hoosier basketball team playing in the second weekend of March Madness. Now that is truly ‘madness.’

  8. I think any IU Basketball coach should agree to have a 50% pay cut if they lose to Purdue in both regular season meetings. Why is it a prized “Oaken Bucket” in football…and merely a token loss in basketball? Why not near the outrage anymore when hoops goes down to Boilers in Bloomington?

    When our basketball team loses to Purdue on McCracken, we should have to choose a banner to burn. The coach should also have to leave Skjdot Hall in his underpants.

  9. Recent IU men’s basketball performances vs Purdue have been an embarrassment for IU men’s basketball program. (7 loss losing streak) and after watching games IU had about a 0 chance in each game. Either Purdue had game in control from start to finish, IU tried to keep from getting blown out of gym where IU has often looked frustrated, or Purdue just stepped up when they needed to. There has been a noticeable overall dominance by Purdue in recent years.

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