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May 30, 2014

Big 12 commish suggests modern recruiting changes

IRVING, Texas — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes now is a good time to look at modernizing parts of the college recruiting model.

“We haven’t looked at the recruiting model in its entirety for a very long time,” Bowlsby said Thursday at the conference’s spring meetings. “We haven’t really looked at how we recruit (with) the changes in technology.”

The commissioner suggested possibly using Skype or FaceTime for initial recruiting interviews.

“It’s just one example of an area where the world has changed and the architecture around college athletics hasn’t changed with it,” he said. “I think we need to constantly be reminding ourselves and each other, that there’s change afoot and it’s a good time to look at everything we’re doing in light of modern circumstances.”

Bowlsby also said that maybe it is time to allow recruits more than one paid official visit to a campus, and allow for the expenses to be paid for parents or family members to make visits.

The NCAA is working on a new governance structure that would allow autonomy for the five major football conferences — the Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC — to make some rules without the support of smaller Division I schools. The NCAA board of directors is expected to vote on restructuring in early August.

Bowlsby said he expects the Big 12 to seat a task force “within our league to spend time looking at the rules, thinking about the environment and beginning the process of putting an agenda together of things that we think we ought to take a good look at.”

The Big 12 board of directors meets Friday, when the 10-team conference will reveal its revenue numbers for the 2013-14 school year. That number is expected to exceed last year’s record revenue of $198 million.

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