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Proposal to let parents join in visits rejected

Mom or Dad won't tag along on recruiting trips after all, and their football-playing son might visit fewer campuses.

That was the impact of two votes the NCAA Division I management council took Sunday.

The council rejected a proposal that would have allowed schools to pay airfare for a parent to accompany a prospect on a recruiting visit. And it kept alive a proposal that would cut the number of expense-paid recruiting visits per football prospect from five to four.

The ideas behind the parent proposal: Prospects and their student hosts would act more responsibly with a parent around. The problem: money.

"There wasn't a lot of discussion, but what there was was concern about potential significant costs," said Stephen Mallonee, the NCAA's managing director of Division I.

Proposals must clear two more hurdles in April: A second vote of the management council and a vote of the Division I board of directors.

In other issues at the NCAA Convention:

+ The NCAA is expected to approve cutoff rates for its new academic progress rate today, and teams that fall below the minimums face losing scholarships starting in 2006. The NCAA Committee on Academic Performance meets today with the Division I Board of Directors, which has the final say.

+ The management council gave initial approval to making permanent a 12th football game each season for Division I-A and I-AA teams, something that couldn't take effect before 2006.

+ The NCAA will consider further proposals from basketball coaches seeking more access to players and prospects. But Division I vice president David Berst said coaches still have to convince many administrators and faculty that the purpose of their proposals is to have more mentoring opportunities with players, and isn't just a way to gain more practice time.

+ A task force of the NCAA and U.S. Olympic Committee are studying ways to preserve traditional Olympic sports at colleges. The task force identified 11 nonrevenue sports considered at high or moderate risk.

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