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October 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

NCAA approves $2K payout, stiffer academic requirements

The NCAA approved a measure that allows conferences to give student-athletes a $2,000 stipend above their current scholarships that scholarships covered the costs of tuition, room and board, books and fees.
Several other changes were announced today by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors.
— Schools have the option of awarding scholarships on a multiple-year basis or keeping the current model, which is done year-by-year.
— College basketball coaches will now get four days in April to evaluate recruits, which had been a dead period. The July evaluation period has been shortened from 20 to 12 days.
Coaches will be allowed to send unlimited phone calls and text messages to men’s basketball recruits. The deregulation extends to social media, starting June 15 after a recruit’s sophomore year.
— Official visits can begin January 1 of a recruit’s junior year, with travel expenses for the recruit and his family being paid for by the school
— The NCAA will use a new Academic Progress Rate system over four years and raise the cutline for postseason play from 900 starting in 2012-13 to 930 beginning in 2016-17.
— On-campus evaluations during official visits will be permitted.
— Some contact at a recruit’s high school will be permitted beginning during a prospect’s junior year.
— The NCAA increased the eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen and junior college transfers, both needing a 2.0 GPA to be eligible. High school grads will need to maintain a 2.3 GPA in the 16 core courses and take 10 of those core classes before their senior year. Junior college players will have to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

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