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Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:12 pm
 

NCAA reverses course on "Rivals rule"

Posted by Bryan Fischer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly nine months after the NCAA interpreted bylaw changes to include recruiting websites such as Rivals or Scout as a scouting services and prohibited school staff members from subscribing, the organization has reversed course.

The NCAA Legislative Council has adopted proposal 2011-50 to eliminate the restriction on subscribing to a service that includes access to non-scholastic video, namely content behind a pay-wall of recruits at various camps and combines over the spring and summer. The Board of Directors will have the final say on Saturday but it is expected to be adopted and made final following a 60-day period.

"The extension of the legislation to all sports has created a myriad of unintended consequences in recruiting cultures (e.g., volleyball) other than those in which it was intended. The proposal would codify a current blanket legislative relief waiver and increase its scope as it relates to access to basketball and football nonscholastic video. The waiver was issued because of the difficulty in determining which scouting services are permissible and inconsistencies in enforcing the legislation."

The original issue stemmed from a member school asking for a clarification about Bylaw 13.14.3, which governs recruiting or scouting services. At issue was coaches subscribing or being provided free memberships to Rivals or other sites to watch video that is not available for free to the general public.

Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:17 am
 

7/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Does 7-on-7 success equal real football success? It seemed to last year in Texas.

Cool look back over the past 10 years from Rivals, which found that USC was the school that recruited the best over the past decade.

Good story on Maty Mauk, a Missouri commit who is racking up the yards and on pace to break a lot of records.

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis talks some more about his flip from Ohio State to Michigan.

New linebackers coach Mike Vrabel brings some credibility with him on the recruiting trail.

A recruiting surge means the future is bright for Virginia Tech.

Some more on Iowa commitment Jaleel Johnson.

Commitments:

Virginia Tech landed former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict.

Quarterback Will Gardner selected Louisville over Alabama and Mississippi State.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 8:18 pm
 

The Opening: the good & bad of an all-star event

Posted by Bryan Fischer

I'm glad I wasn't alone.

In talking with most of my colleagues at The Opening, we all pretty much had the same thought: This. Is. Great.

One of the biggest reason why Rivals, Scout, ESPN, 247Sports and CBS Sports/MaxPreps send reporters all over the country to cover camps and competitions, such as the one held on the Nike Campus this past week, is access. For four days, nearly 100 of the top players in the country were measured, tested, put through drills, played in 7-on-7 games, photographed, filmed and available to be interviewed. There should be over 20,000 words and hours of video from a majority of the players at The Opening on the Eye on Recruiting Blog alone.

As a media member, the event could not have been better.

As a media member, I also see why some people have serious concerns about events like The Opening.

The event was a collaboration between ESPN and Nike, who run most of the Nike Football Training Camps and Elite 11 quarterback competitions around the country. Nike paid players' travel costs and - depending on their respective state football association - gave them some free Nike gear. Just about every player was part of a group that saw a Nike presentation about their upcoming products and why said products are better than their competitors.

When people talk about "AAU Football," it's not necessarily all-star 7-on-7 events that come closest to that term, it's actually something like The Opening.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a fan of Nike's products (and Under Armour's and adidas'…) and jumped at the chance to go to the Nike Employee Store when offered. I don't think that any of that clouded my judgement of what I wrote or did, I was there to cover the event to the best of my abilities and I think that I did. There's a lot of good people involved with running The Opening and associated events, people who I believe have the best interests in the kids at heart. All that said, there's something at least a little unsettling about a company - even one as reputable as Nike - putting on this type of event.

Though I know what most of the NCAA enforcement staff looks like, I didn't see anyone in Beaverton but was told someone from the organization was on hand to look around. Everyone always asks me if I see "shady" people at recruiting events and to be honest, there was really only one person who I saw around the sidelines that looked out of place.

If Under Armour or adidas came to CBS Sports wanting to do something similar, I'd tell them to jump at it to be honest. Events such as The Opening are the future of football recruiting like it or not.

Do they contribute to a sense of inflated egos on the part of the players? Absolutely. Are they great events full of good competition? Absolutely. Do they lead to players getting scholarship offers based on their performance? Yes indeed.

Outside of banning events in the first place - something the NCAA could do quicker than you might think - the current model is actually pretty good right now. It's much better and cleaner than basketball and, despite what some might tell you, not headed down that slippery slope too quickly. In fact, I'd invite the conference commissioners and senior athletic administrators to come out and take a look at the events before the speak ill about them and casting all of them into one generic "bad for the game" category.

Are things perfect? Nope.

But it is the future as far as I can tell.

Posted on: July 11, 2011 9:36 am
Edited on: July 11, 2011 3:07 pm
 

7/11 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hope everyone knows about getting a free Slurpee at 7-11 today. As a result, the roundup is extra sugary...

-- Really good story on something that's asked a lot, just how do recruiting services such as Rivals, Scout and Maxpreps rank players?

-- Cornerbacks in South Florida are flying off the recruiting board.

Great wrap up of Virginia Tech's camp with plenty of recruiting nuggets.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy discusses what he looks for in recruits.

Wide receiver D’Arthur Cowan has Arkansas as his top school behind Mississippi State and Alabama.

Maryland commit P.J. Gallo just fell in love with the school.

Commitments:

West Virginia added JUCO offensive lineman Will Latu as its 12th commitment.
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:45 pm
 

NCAA: Rivals subscriptions still impermissible

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Ah the NCAA, always full of surprises. A little over a month after the association declared Rivals a recruiting service based on a new interpretation of a bylaw, they've followed it up with a slight clarification Wednesday morning. The waiver the organization issued is aimed mostly at non-revenue sports and exempts all sports but football and men's and women's basketball from the new rule. As a result, several scouting services used in sports such as volleyball that were in peril, are now allowed.

As a result, Rivals subscriptions for schools and athletic department staff are still considered an impermissible recruiting service.

Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled an updated list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Linebacker Vince Biegel
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington
Safety Jordan Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to Penn State
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Safety LaDarrell McNeil
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Durron Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Running back Mario Pender, committed to Florida State
Quarterback Zeke Pike, committed to Auburn
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Athlete Kendall Sanders, committed to Oklahoma State
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams, committed to Texas A&M
Cornerback Yuri Wright
Running back T.J. Yeldon

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
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Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Yahoo! Sports statement on Rivals/NCAA issue

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In response to the NCAA classifying Rivals.com as a scouting/recruiting service, the website's parent company, Yahoo!, issued the following statement when reached by CBSSports.com.

"We are in discussions with the NCAA in regards to this issue. This, in no way, affects Rivals.com's ability to provide content to our subscribers nor the general public."

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