Big Ten athletic directors and football coaches say they have reservations about loosened NCAA recruiting rules that would allow unlimited contact between recruiters and high school players.
The NCAA Board of Directors in January approved rulebook revisions that, among other things, remove limits on the number of phone calls and text messages to prospective recruits. The eased restrictions are set to begin July 1.
During their regularly scheduled meeting in Park Ridge, Ill., on Monday, athletic directors and coaches issued a statement expressing “serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches.”
Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with Cleveland. Bourn, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, must pass a physical before the deal can be completed. … Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and Cincinnati agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000, leaving two Reds players – starters Mat Latos and Homer Bailey – in salary arbitration. … Derek Jeter ran for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the Yankees’ lineup on opening day.
Mad Ants rookie forward Tony Mitchell was selected to participate in the Boost Mobile Slam Dunk Contest at halftime of the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday in Houston.
Indiana Tech senior guard Antonio Cannon was nominated for the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker competition, according to Intersport. Contestants will vie for a spot in the Denny’s Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 7 p.m. April 4 on ESPN.
Danny Granger could return to the Pacers’ lineup as soon as Wednesday or he could wait until after the All-Star break. Either way, the Pacers will have to decide how they want to work him in. … Golden State unveiled plans to wear the NBA’s “first modern short-sleeve jersey” for three of their remaining home games this season.
James Patton was named Indiana’s recruiting coordinator, special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach by coach Kevin Wilson. Patton was Oklahoma’s offensive line coach since 2006. Jon Fabris, who was the Hoosiers’ defensive ends coach and oversaw punt return and block last season, will coach the defensive line and will have no special teams duties, the university said.
Gerad Parker was named Purdue’s tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, the university announced. Parker spent the previous two seasons at Marshall and is the eighth person to join new coach Darrell Hazell’s staff.
Chicago signed cornerback LeQuan Lewis,who played eight games with Dallas and Tampa Bay last season. … Quarterback Michael Vick, who was slated to earn $16 million next season, has agreed to a restructured deal with Philadelphia. … Buffalo released linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson.
The U.S. Golf Association is adding its first championship in more than 25 years, getting rid of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in favor of a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Jay County is being asked to join the North Central Conference, according to athletic director Bob Lutton. The NCC has also reportedly extended invitations to Harrison, McCutcheon, and longtime former member Lafayette Jeff, which would expand the conference to 12 schools.
Carroll’s Ciana Heaston was left out of a story on the girls state championship swimming meet Sunday on Page 5B. Heaston competed in the championship heat for the 100-yard breaststroke and finished eighth with a time of 1 minute, 6.45 seconds.