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NCAA discusses recruiting changes

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Published March 30, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS - Recruits could face curfews, limits on off-campus activities and fewer paid visits in the fall if recruiting changes are approved by the NCAA next month.

An NCAA task force on recruiting debated the changes Monday in its first face-to-face meeting. A formal proposal is expected to be submitted to the NCAA's management council by April20.

Task force chairman David Berst declined to discuss what specific changes may be in the draft proposal, which he expects to complete within 10 days.

Berst, an NCAA vice president and former head of enforcement, said there was unanimity among the task force's 18 members that changes were needed in the wake of several well-publicized recruiting scandals.

Three women are suing Colorado University after saying they were sexually assaulted during or just after a December 2001 off-campus party for football players and recruits. At Miami, Willie Williams, the team's top recruit this year, has been arrested 11 times since 1999.

Among other possible changes are shortening campus visits from 48 hours to 24 hours, reducing from five to three or four the number of visits a student can take and capping university spending on travel, meals and lodging.

HOLTZ TRIPPED UP: Coach Lou Holtz vowed to become more involved next season in South Carolina's offense, but no one expected him to break a leg doing it. Holtz suffered a hairline fracture to his lower left leg Saturday while watching the offense practice goal-line situations.

Holtz was crouched when running back Cory Boyd inadvertently knocked him over. The 67-year-old jumped back up and continued practice, but later learned the extent of his injury. The tibia does not bear weight, so Holtz and his sore leg were back on the practice field Sunday.

GOLF: The Florida men (21-under 555) took a 10-stroke lead after the second round of the Atlanta Intercollegiate. Clemson was second and Florida State (599) 11th. UF's Camilo Villegas was tied for second at 8 under, trailing Clemson's Jack Ferguson (136) by one.

HONOR: South Florida pitcher Leigh Ann Ellis was named co-Conference USA pitcher of the week, the fourth time this season she has won or shared the award. Ellis (26-4) was 3-0 with a save, allowing no earned runs in pitching two one-hitters and striking out 21 in 171/3 innings. She allowed six hits, all singles, in helping USF extend its win streak to 13 games.

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