Division I men’s lacrosse coaches have agreed to support a proposal that would ban contact with recruits until the start of a player’s junior year, according to a report from Inside Lacrosse.
The vote, taken Friday, at a meeting of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association in Baltimore, marks a “monumental day for us,” IMLCA Executive Director Phil Buttafuocco told Inside Lacrosse.
The proposal would still need approval by the NCAA.
The men’s coaches organization will examine the possibility of joining a similar proposal put forth by the women’s coaches association that will enter the NCAA legislative process in January. A proposal with support of both the men’s and women’s coaches might draw more attention from the NCAA. If the men are unable to do so, the men’s organization will draft a proposal that could by reviewed by the NCAA beginning in January 2017.
The genesis of the proposal was to virtually eliminate the run of high school freshman and sophomores who are making verbal commitments to play college lacrosse.
“We collectively did what is right for our sport and for our college coaching profession,” Penn coach and IMLCA Executive Board member Mike Murphy told Inside Lacrosse.