It appears that the NCAA is enacting sweeping changes to the Rule Book. There are lots of articles on this topic, including:
Some highlights (all I have time for at the moment), are:
This is pretty much the most sweeping set of rule changes I've ever seen come out at one time.
There will no longer be a limitation on the communication between coaches and recruits. Phone calls, text messages, e-mails, social media, printed material? Unlimited. There will no longer be a limitation on the number of coaches who can recruit off campus. Athletes can receive up to $300 per year to attend events and offset expenses associated with practices and competitions. Schools can provide travel expenses for goodwill tours and media events.
In my opinion, most important of all were not even these specific changes, but the more general policy acknowledgements:
Another of the proposals passed Saturday "acknowledges that variability will exist among members in advantages, including facilities, geographic location and resources and that such variability should not be justification for future legislation..."
"We're not going to try and overcome those natural competitive advantages that people have," [Emmert] said. "But when student-athletes step on the field, they know that the other team's got the same number of players, they've got the same number of coaches, they've got the same number of scholarships. They may have a fancier stadium, they may have other resource advantages, but we've got a chance to beat these guys because there's competitive fairness."