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NCAA Letters of Intent

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Inky_Wretch, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    When did the NCAA begin using the LOI system that's currently in place? Did athletes in the 70s and 60s sign LOIs, or did they just show up on whatever campus when classes began in the fall?
  2. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    According to Wiki:
    "Dr. J. William Davis, Professor of Government and Faculty Athletics Representative at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University), created the National Letter of Intent program in 1964. He was assisted by Howard Grubbs, who was Commissioner of the Southwest Conference at the time. In October 2007, the NCAA became responsible for the administration of the program.[1]"
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    According to wiki, started in 1964 with the Southwest Conference (big surprise there, given some of the heated/dirty recruiting battles in Texas), but quickly spread all over the country.


    EDIT: raeder beat me to it ...
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Damn it, Wiki!!! The one place I didn't look.

    Thanks y'all.
  5. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Worst exploitation of athletes outside of the Iron Curtain (which no longer exists). Really. Ridiculous system. Year by year unilateral renewal system. Unconscionably unfair.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Well, the Chinese are pretty tough on their athletes, taking them away from their families when they are 6 years old or thereabouts, but your point stands.
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    That's LOI® to you, mister.

    Saw it myself when I covered my signing last week.
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