They did it, for the most part. On Saturday, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors adopted some major changes in its rules for recruiting high school players to play in Division I athletics. So effective August 1, college football programs will no longer face previous restrictions on when and how they may contact prospective recruits. The online Inside Higher Education provides a good summary of the changes and the thinking behind them, as well as a summary of much more minor changes in rules for Division II and Division III atheltics. And be sure to check out the NCAA's spin on the Division I rule changes, too.