NCAA: Schools no longer allowed to use recruiting sites like Scout, Rivals

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: April 8, 2011
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Colleges in the NCAA will no longer be permitted to subscribe to recruiting sites like Rivals.com and Scout.com after the NCAA designated the athletic website as a scouting service, according to reports Friday.

Jon Infante of the Bylaw Blog reported that the NCAA has ruled that institutions can no longer subscribe to Rivals.com and its affiliated sites, which focus primarily on college football and basketball reporting. The rationale “is that Rivals provides video of nonscholastic competition that is not available to the general public.”

“All recruiting/scouting services are held to the same legislated standard and we consider Rivals.com to be a recruiting/scouting service,” an NCAA spokesman said.

OU athletic spokesman Kenny Mossman said the OU football program currently subscribes to Rivals, but expected it would cancel its subscription if mandated by the NCAA.

OSU athletic spokesman Kevin Klintworth said, “It appears we have had some programs with paid subscriptions with them in the past, but none currently.”

A Rivals spokesman told CBSSports.com that the company is in discussion with the NCAA on the issue. “This, in no way, affects Rivals.com's ability to provide content to our subscribers nor the general public,” he said.