Last January, the NCAA Board of Directors announced with much fanfare the passage of 25 measures designed to streamline its famously oversized rulebook, including a handful created to deregulate recruiting. It marked the culmination of more than a year of work by Mark Emmert's specially appointed Division I Presidential Working Group on Rules. "There was virtually no debate on it," Emmert said of the approval of the measures at the time. "Everyone agreed that those rules need to be changed."
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