Re: 2010-11 recruiting - verbals & high interest
From an implementation standpoint, the six-month rule had to be delayed until August 2011 or else any player graduating in 2009 that had taken a year off would have been ineligible in the Fall of 2010. By delaying implementation until 2011, you give the class of 2010 full warning that they need to be in school by January or else.
I think it is crazy for tennis to have a different rule than all the other NCAA sports in this case. The one-year allowance is a reasonable one and is not the cause of 21-year-old freshmen but a significant rule that reduces that number. It is a complicated rule that requires identifying when someone should have graduated from high school (not when they actually did) - far too complicated for this post.
The problem with the six-month grace period is that now you are going to be starting all these STUDENTS in January - that isn't a true college experience.
It also means that all the players will need 5th year scholarship aid or not graduate because their eligibility will be up after 3.5 years within which it is almost impossible to expect people to graduate.