Rules impact cash flow to third wheels

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has approved new rules on basketball recruiting intended to restrict money being funneled to third parties.

The governing body wants to limit access by coaches from outside the NCAA who run camps and try to enlist players.

Effective immediately, coaches will no longer be allowed to employ a person associated with a prospective student-athlete at a camp or clinic, make payments to nonprofit organizations that a person associated with a prospect has either a proprietary or financial interest in, or use 1-900 telephone numbers for recruiting purposes.

Coaches found in violation of any of the rules could be suspended from coaching regular-season or NCAA tournament games.

The rest of the package, which includes legislation aimed at stopping so-called package deals, will be sponsored by the board of directors. Member institutions will be solicited for feedback, with a vote on changes expected in April.

"I do think it will pass," Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said. "It has the unanimous support of all of the commissioners and as commissioners, we represent what at least the majority of membership is feeling. We wouldn't support this so strongly if we didn't feel like it was something our members wanted.

"There's been so much concern about the culture of men's basketball and the unsavory influences. There are so many coaches who want to do the right thing but feel pressured to deal with these outside people. This helps put a stop to that.''

Because the proposed rule changes come with the support of the board of directors as well as the conference commissioners -- Beebe, SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky attended Thursday's board meeting to voice their support -- they are expected to pass with only minor tweaks.

The proposals have met little resistance save for a suggestion that coaches no longer be able to hire anyone other than students and staff members from their respective campuses for camps and clinics.

The NCAA on Thursday also put in place a six-member committee to select a successor to the late Myles Brand as NCAA president. The group will be led by Oregon State president Ed Ray and is to meet Thursday night.

Ray replaces Georgia president Michael Adams, who is leaving immediately as the board's executive committee chairman. Adams is believed to be a top candidate for the NCAA president's job.

The NCAA also approved a $35 million addition to its headquarters in Indianapolis.

ESPN's Dana O'Neil and The Associated Press contributed to this report.