NCAA Dead Period Enacted
The spring has sprung and sports should be going on. Baseballs should be flying over the fences, sprinters should be getting on the track, and lacrosse players should be celebrating victories.
Instead, the sports world and the world in general has come to a grinding halt due to the coronavirus. Stadiums are empty, athletes are staying at their homes and fans don’t have any new games to watch.
While fans are without sports at this time, athletics departments at colleges around the nation are facing a different issue. All college athletics are currently in a dead period, which prevents coaches from going on official and unofficial visits. While these are common occurrences for many sports during the year, a dead period of this magnitude has never happened before.
While visits are currently suspended until at least April 15, coaches and recruiters can still message recruits via email, text message, and phone calls. This is often how coaches and recruits keep in contact during the season the sport is happening.
The NCAA said in a statement:
The end date has since been moved to May 31. This is a tentative date and can be moved to a later date if the coronavirus continues to spread.