The NCAA officially extended the dead period on Wednesday.
The dead period will now be in place through May 31, keeping in place a ban on in-person recruiting activities that was enacted last spring at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The move ensure that by the time the dead period is lifted, there will have been no in-person recruiting in more than a year.
The vote by the Division I Council also included a commitment from the members to quickly provide clear plans for the transition back to recruiting calendars no later than April 15. Those plans could include a return to in-person recruiting, but with some possible modifications.
"After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 was necessary," said Division I Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania, in a statement. "However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15."