NCAA hands down new football-related rules

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The NCAA adopted five new rules for football, dealing with recruiting and coaches’ access to players during the summer.

The Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday said in a news release the rules are effective immediately.

The new rules include:

• allowing football players to participate in eight hours per week of required weight training and conditioning. Up to two of the eight hours can consist of film review.

• prohibiting school staff members from attending all-star games or activities associated with those games.

• establishing an extended dead period when no in-person recruiting can take place in December and January. For 2013-14, Dec. 16 through Jan. 15 is now a dead period.

• establishing a 14-day dead period in late June and early July for FBS schools.

• allowing schools to pay for meals for up to four family members who accompany a recruit on an official visit.

In other business, the board asked the Leadership Council to study whether heavy reliance on online courses is appropriate for student-athletes.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Says coach Carl Pelini resigned after acknowledging to school officials that he used illegal drugs.

Defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis also resigned after a post-practice meeting with athletic director Patrick Chun, who says school officials received word about the matter earlier this week.

An investigation is continuing, Chun says. Chun also says the investigation already suggests that only Pelini and Rekstis were involved. Chun says no criminal charges have been filed against either Pelini or Rekstis.

Offensive coordinator Brian Wright will serve as interim head coach for the Owls, who are 2-6 and play host to Tulane on Saturday.

Pelini’s resignation was first reported by ESPN.com.

Pelini was 5-15 in two seasons at FAU, his first time as a head coach. He was previously at Nebraska, working as defensive coordinator for his brother, Bo.

“I apologize for exercising poor judgment,” Pelini said in a statement. “My greatest concerns at this time are for me family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward.”

The Owls (2-6) play Tulane at home Saturday.

“I apologize for exercising poor judgment,” Pelini said in a statement. “My greatest concerns at this time are for me family, the dedicated FAU players and my staff. I am confident that Pat Chun and the University administration will continue to move the program forward.”

The Owls (2-6) play Tulane at home Saturday.


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