Virus upends college recruiting – ‘There’s no blueprint’

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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Miami NCAA college basketball head coach Jim Larranaga speaks to the media during NCAA college basketball media day in Coral Gables, Fla. The outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sports world — the whole world, really — to a screeching halt, and that includes the crucial recruiting period for college coaches that were putting the finishing touches on their 2020 classes while laying the all-important groundwork for next year's classes.(Carl Juste/Miami Herald via AP, File)

By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press

This is typically the time of year U.S. college coaches are trying to land recruits. Instead, most of the country is on lock-down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Coaches such as Michigan’s Kim Barnes Arico and Kansas’ Bill Self are forced to look for creative ways to reach out to athletes. Text messages, social media and phone calls are a start. FaceTime and Zoom conferences have become popular. It is unknown if they can adequately replace the face-to-face relationships that are so crucial to recruiting.