Official recruiting visits meet the Blizzard of 2016.
With blizzard conditions and heavy snowfall expected through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the potential exists for football recruits to get stuck in transit or need to remain beyond the NCAA mandated 48-hour window.
The University of Virginia, with the possibility of two feet of snow in Charlottesville, has called off its visitors weekend and is hoping those recruits will come to campus next weekend.
National Signing Day is Feb. 3 so this weekend and next weekend are the last chances for schools to bring recruits to campus.
The NCAA has legislation in place for situations where the recruit needs to remain in the locale of college beyond the 48 hours for “reasons beyond the control of the prospective student-athlete and the institution (e.g., inclement weather conditions, natural disaster, flight delays or cancellations, airport security activity).” The school is required to submit a report to the conference detailing the circumstances.
If the recruit is delayed while traveling because of the weather, the school can play for any travel expenses, meals and lodging occurred to or from the official visit.
An NCAA waiver is not required in either case. A spokesman said the organization has staff on standby to assist schools with any issues or questions related to the blizzard.