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Weather postpones rules-change meeting

By DAVID MURPHY
Published August 29, 2006


With parts of Florida under a hurricane watch Monday, the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability postponed the second meeting of the Student Athlete Recruiting Task Force scheduled to take place this afternoon at Berkeley Prep in Tampa.

The meeting, which was to focus on obtaining public comment and input, will most likely be rescheduled for early September, according to the Florida State Athletic Association.

Established by Florida Legislature in response to new transfer rules adopted by the FHSAA in June, the task force is charged with examining the problem of recruiting in Florida and providing recommendations on how to best deal with the issue. The FHSAA adopted rules in January that force an student-athlete who transfers to sit out one season of varsity competition. Included in the rules are exceptions that cover such situations as a permanent change of address.

The changes were met by resistance; the most vocal of which were private schools, which felt the rules unfairly penalize them.

As a result of a bill passed by the Legislature in May, the FHSAA must wait to institute the rules for a year, pending the task force's findings.

The task force has met once this summer. A third meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24.