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NCAA warns schools recruiting during coronavirus pandemic

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Two weeks ago, the NCAA declared a mandatory recruiting dead period in response to the coronavirus shutdown of college sports, barring official and unofficial visits, contacts and evaluations while still permitting phone calls and text messages. But if you think that’s stopped everyone, Vice President of Enforcement Jon Duncan has this update.

“We have heard that recruiting is continuing,” Duncan said.

Even in times of global pandemic, there have been tips and complaints coming into the NCAA’s Indianapolis office about impermissible contacts, both with high school prospects and potential transfers. The latter could open up some schools to alleged tampering allegations.

That includes spring sports athletes impacted by the cancellation of their seasons. The NCAA has approved exploring the possibility of adding a year of eligibility for those athletes—and that in turn has led to impermissible inquiries from some schools.

In response to this, the NCAA has a message: cut it out. Just because college sports competition has ceased, the college sports investigators are not closing up shop.

“We are mindful of the circumstances and challenges on campus,” Duncan said. “But at the same time, we’re obligated to keep the infractions process moving.”

Duncan identified three specific areas of activity for his staff at present:

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