On Thursday SEC commissioner Greg Sankey implored the NCAA to have some sort of system-wide mandate on recruiting on and off-campus in the coming weeks due to the coronavirus.
It looks like they were listening, as according to a report from Jeff Goodman of Stadium, the NCAA will suspend all recruiting on- and off-campus for all sports until at least April 15.
NCAA has suspended all recruiting on and off campus for all sports until at least April 15, source told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 13, 2020
The NCAA additionally agreed “to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports.” The Council Coordination Committee will further discuss doing the same for winter sports as well.
Division I Council Coordination Committee agrees eligibility relief is appropriate for spring sports: pic.twitter.com/u7hwYOyTDV
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 13, 2020
This means that the NCAA would grant an extra season of eligibility to spring sport athletes and possibly winter sport athletes should they decide to do so.
Sankey did not identify how long recruiting in the SEC would be suspending recruiting.
“We did have conversations about recruiting I referenced and have stopped off-campus and on-campus recruiting for a period of time,” Sankey said. “That could be extended. I’ve identified the NCAA needs to fully engage on this issue as well.”
Georgia football at the moment has the No. 17 recruiting class in the country for the 2021 cycle with three commitments. The coming weeks were expected to be very busy and critical to the 2021 recruiting cycle, as the Bulldogs were set to host a number of highly-touted prospects.
The conference did suspend all sports until at least March 30. The NCAA went a step further, as it canceled all all spring and winter championships.
As far as the University of Georgia, all classes are canceled for the next two weeks, with the University System of Georgia encouraging students not to return to campus until at least March 29. Georgia has postponed the start of spring practice through at least March 30.
With regards to a decision about G-Day, that is to be determined at a later date.
“I would ask the fans to be patient, more information will be forthcoming at the end of March,” McGarity said on Wednesday night. “We still have some time left. I would just say stay tuned, and we’ll see what the landscape looks like.”
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