NCAA to consider changes to bylaws

Thursday, July 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:55 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Several proposals for amending some NCAA bylaws are on the agenda of the NCAA legislature.

The NCAA Division I Management Council announced Tuesday that NCAA legislators will consider proposals the National Association of Basketball Coaches made to allow college coaches to make more phone calls and provide more meals to prospective student-athletes.

In its formal response to NCAA allegations made public July 2, Missouri said bylaws concerning the number of meals coaches could provide to athletes were too strict. The university asked that allegations of impermissible meals coach Quin Snyder gave to current and prospective MU athletes not be considered violations.

The Management Council made the decision at its meeting in Baltimore this week.

“Management Council members stressed that their action simply allows for the proposals to be included and debated in the annual legislative cycle and does not imply specific support,” an NCAA news release dated Tuesday said.

“I don’t really have a comment on (the proposals),” said Chad Moller, MU’s sports information director.

Little discussion has taken place in MU’s athletic department about the proposals, Moller said.

NCAA bylaws allow for snacks and meals to be provided to athletes only on “special occasions.” Coaches are allowed to call prospective student-athletes three times during the July before the prospect’s senior year in high school.

The NABC proposals would allow coaches to provide occasional snacks and meals to athletes as part of the “mentoring process,” and they would allow coaches to make phone calls to prospects once a month for a 13-month period during the prospect’s junior year in high school.

“These issues are part of a larger effort by coaches to join with administrators and presidents to do something better for basketball,” said S. David Berst, vice president of Division I management. “This is not something the NCAA is trying to impose on basketball. We are giving coaches the opportunity to make their case.”

The Management Council and the Division I Board of Directors will give the proposals final consideration in April.

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