NCAA extends recruiting dead period through Aug. 31

Jun 5, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; Detailed view of the NCAA logo at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While hope remains for the 2020 college football season this fall, the NCAA is making sure prospective recruits won’t be visiting campuses any time soon.

NCAA council extends recruiting dead period through Aug. 31

On Thursday night, the NCAA announced its Division I council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all collegiate sports through Aug. 31.

The council, which met virtually, has kept the dead period in place since the middle of March when the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the United States. The decision means all Division I sports teams will not be able to host any prospects for in-person recruiting until at least September.

In May, the NCAA’s Division I Council voted to lift its moratorium on voluntary athletic workouts for all universities. Since that ruling, which went into effect on June 1, countless student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus with some programs forced to suspend workouts.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey hinted earlier this week that the conference could decide on the fate for the 2020 college football season by the end of July. Given the recent spikes in positive cases across the United States, it now seems far less likely that any collegiate sports will be played this fall.