Indianapolis radio host Dan Dakich caused quite a stir Friday when he said on air that 2014 recruit Trey Lyles had visited Kentucky during the NCAA-mandated “dead period” in July.
Lyles, a top-10 prospect and Indianapolis native, angered Indiana fans when he decommitted from the school last month and re-opened his recruitment. Dakich is a former player, longtime assistant coach and one-time interim coach at Indiana.
Lyles’ father later told ZagsBlog that his son had not visited UK during the NCAA’s dead period. Tom Lyles told several media outlets that his son went to UK on Sept. 1, when such visits were permitted.
But even if Lyles had visited UK in July, it wouldn’t necessarily be an NCAA violation.
NCAA rules dictate that recruits are not allowed to have contact with coaches or athletics officials on or off a school’s campus during the dead period.
But, according to an NCAA expert and several university compliance officers who spoke to the Herald-Leader, recruits would be allowed to visit a school’s campus during the dead period as long as the athletics department did not organize the visit and as long as no coaches or athletics officials had contact with the recruit while he was on campus.
“Certainly he could come look around on his own. If it was his own idea to do it, then there’s zero issue at all,” said John Infante, an NCAA rules expert and proprietor of the organization’s Bylaw Blog.
Dakich told ZagsBlog that, “nobody told me anybody met with coaches. Nobody told me any of that, just said they went to Kentucky in July.”
Infante said the NCAA cannot prevent a recruit from visiting a school’s campus. But the NCAA can prevent the university from facilitating the recruit’s visit.
“The only issue I would see would be if he called up (athletics) and said, ‘I know it’s a dead period but I’m coming to campus to look around and I wanted to talk to a professor in this department. Can you set up a meeting for me?’ That’s when it gets to the point of (athletics) setting up a recruiting visit even though he wouldn’t have contact with athletics staff.
“But as long as he doesn’t have contact with the coaches, it’s fine.”