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NCAA updates allowable interaction time between players and coaches

Beginning Monday, April 20, all Division I coaches will be allowed to have more virtual contact with their players, in a decision by the Division I Council Coordination Committee, announced Thursday.

The ruling means that coaches may now spend up to eight hours per week with student-athletes, in “virtual nonphysical countable activities like film review, chalk talks and team meetings.” Previously, Pac-12 football coaches had been approved for two hours per week.

The new ruling covers the time frame from April 20 through May 31 and affects all Division I sports.

“This change not only allows coaches to continue to educate their student-athletes but also fosters the connectivity that comes with team-based activities,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Penn. “Regular, individual check-ins between student-athletes and coaches remain permissible and are encouraged.”

With all spring sports canceled, the rules governing those sports then shifted into out-of-season rules, which changes what mandatory requirements coaches can place on players.

This decision will be reevaluated by the committee in mid-May, whn another decision will be made as to whether or not to extend or amend this amount of access.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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