Posted by Bryan Fischer
The NCAA Legislative Council, one of the top two governing bodies in college athletics, wrapped up their April meetings Tuesday and passed several significant pieces of legislation (and delayed a decision on several others) that affected multiple sports going forward. Nothing is final until the Board of Directors (which the Legislative Council reports to) meets on April 28th however. Because the proposals are often hard to understand, here's a quick summary of what affects football:
What's it mean: In football, the previous limit of two graduate assistants will be increased to four graduate assistants.
When does it take affect: August 1, 2012.
What's it mean: Any player who doesn't pass nine hours (or eight quarter hours) in the fall, shall not be eligible to play in the first four games of the following season. The player may regain eligibility for the third and forth game by completing 27 hours (or 40 quarter hours) before the next fall term. The player may regain his eligibility for all four games once during his five years of playing eligibility by completing the 27 hours (or 40 quarter hours)
When does it take affect: August 1, 2011.
What it is intended to do: Limit of nine non-coaching staff members, including clerical staff, director of operations, video coordinator, quality control people, player development staff and director of community relations. Any full time student (graduate or undergraduate) who supports the football program shall be exempt.
What it is intended to do: Maintain the current restrictions on athletes in advertisements but opens things up for them to appear in school, charitable, educational or non-profit promotions. It also adjusts the language so there's no distinction between doing this during the season or during the offseason.