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7-6, 4th in Big Ten - West

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Here are the schools that voted against the proposal to ban offseason trips for practice during a vacation period: NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, Washington, West Virginia.

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NCAA Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips confirmed the council will meet again on April 13-14 in Indianapolis, and it's during that session that the recruiting reform package that will create an early signing period in December and alter the official visit calendar for April-June trips is expected to pass.

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Interesting comment during the autonomy discussion on Proposal No. 2016-139 (banning offseason practice off campus) from Nandi Mehta of Northwestern women's soccer: "Why are we here?" Mehta, among 15 student-athlete reps on the autonomy committee, opposes the proposal. She says the point of college athletics is to create opportunity for student-athletes. "I don't think it's right to strip a student-athlete of this opportunity."

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Justin Jackson poised for big 2017

Jackson's Pinstripe Bowl MVP performance (224 rush yards, three touchdowns) suggests that his best games are yet to come. Northwestern fans will have the chance to see when the running back returns in the fall. Top returning players: Nos. 26-50 (Insider)

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A point of clarification on NCAA Proposal 2016-16: Division I Council chair Jim Phillips confirmed when the proposal passes -- as it is expected to do in April vote -- sections of it such as the 10th assistant coach, the individuals associated with a prospect rule and satellite camp ban will be effectively immediately. Other parts of the proposal, such as the official visit calendar adjustment and mid-December signing period, would not start until the 2019 recriuting class.

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Stats that defined 2016: Northwestern Wildcats

Austin Carr, who emerged as not only one of the best wideouts in the country but also one of the best stories, finished with 1,247 receiving yards.

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If the recruiting reform package passes, as it is expected to do after today's developments, class of 2019 prospects would be allowed to take official visits starting on April 1, 2018. "There's no reason to hold this off for another two or three years," Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said. "Let's get this enacted and start moving forward."

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Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said the Council and Football Oversight Committee "overwhelming" heard from perspective student athletes and current athletes that they wanted to take earlier official visits. "It's a hardship to do it at certain times for them," Phillips said. "So extending the window doesn't mean they can't come back to the fall and winter of their senior year, but now they have a chance to have it paid for and come on campus earlier."

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Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips on if the recruiting reform package will pass in upcoming votes in April and later this summer: "It will. It will. This thing could have been extremely contentious and divisive. The thing I will say more than anything is that this has been a collaborative effort. This is a prideful moment when you can put away some of your personal feelings and get to a position that's healthy for everyone."

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While the NCAA Division I Council adjusted the recruiting reform package to include only a mid-December signing period, the momentum toward an even earlier date is not over. "I don't think we're going to end just in December," Northwestern athletic director and Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips said. "We're going to continue to talk about it, and we may still come up with a Sept. 1 or an Aug. 30 early signing day, or something maybe before the high school season. But that's where we're at now and that'll be voted on in April."

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Also from the council meeting today, Jim Phillips said the issue of holding a spring-break camp away from campus -- as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh did last year at Florida's IMG Academy -- was forwarded to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which will discuss perhaps when it meets Thursday and issue a recommendation back to the council.

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Along with a mid-December early signing period, the NCAA Division I Council has formally adjusted the official visit portion of the recruiting reform package. The original proposal called for official visits in June and July before a prospect's senior season, but Jim Phillips, Northwestern's athletic director and chairman of the Council, confirmed official visits for juniors would be allowed from April 1 through Sunday before the last Wednesday in June. Phillips is "supremely confident" the entire package will pass in an April vote.

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Additionally, Miami AD Blake James will replace Phillips as the chair of the Division I Council in the summer of 2017.

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Northwestern AD Jim Phillips, chair of the Division I Council, said the group also moved forward on enacting a 14-week regular season that would go into effect in 2020. It still needs to pass a vote of the council.

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Coaches, revenues pushing Big Ten toward top

Maybe bowl season didn't quite go as planned for the Big Ten, but the league is as strong as its ever been from top to bottom and trending up.

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Big Ten bowl superlatives

The Big Ten went just 3-7 in bowl games, but there were plenty of strong individual efforts and outstanding plays worth remembering.