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The NCAA has passed a rule allowing football recruit to bring two guardians on official visits, according to a report from ESPN.com.
The proposal, which passed 14-1 with only the Sun Belt voting against, allows school to pay the round-trip costs for parents or legal guardians and will be implemented Aug. 1, in time for the fall official visits for the Class of 2017.
The rule currently allows for only the player’s travel and accommodations so prospects were either taking visits alone or parents/guardians or coaches were paying their own way to go with the player.
The new rule mirrors the rule that has been in place for basketball for several years. According to 126.96.36.199.1, “In basketball, an institution may pay the actual costs for meals and lodging for a prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardians (expenses for up to two people) that are incurred while traveling to and from campus to accompany the prospective student-athlete on his official visit.”