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Coaches can now attend, help players

5/6/2005

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College coaches who have players at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago can attend without worrying about a potential secondary violation, according to a new rule adopted by the NCAA at the board of directors meeting last week in Indianapolis.

Coaches were notified this week that rule 2003-125 has been put in place, effective immediately. This rule has changed numerous times over the years. The past two years, college coaches were subject to a secondary violation if they went to the draft camp because prospective student-athletes (i.e., high school seniors) could be in attendance. Of course, every high school player who attended the camp had already forfeited his eligibility by signing with an agent, but that didn't matter. They were still considered potential student-athletes, making it a possible recruiting advantage for coaches.