On Sunday, January 8, the Management Council voted down cutting the schedule. But the very next day the presidents brought the proposal back up for a further comment-period. They continue to raise questions that baseball coaches and conference representatives believed they had answered, regarding situations unique to college baseball--specifically, the professional draft of underclassmen and liberal transfer rules--that lead to baseball having a lower Academic Progress Rate than other sports.
The BOD has approved other parts of the larger Management Council proposal. Among the changes to college baseball:
--February 1 is now the first date allowed for spring semester team practices;
--the season cannot begin until the first February Friday that is 13 weeks before the Sunday immediately before Memorial Day;
--fall practices are limited to a 45-day period during September-October-November.
These new rules take effect August 1, 2007. If the schedule cut is indeed approved in April, the shorter slate would begin in 2008.