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NCAA falls short of overturning live scouting ban

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Former Lakers coach Rudy Tonjanovich scouts a game between Penn State and Ohio State back in '05.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA will ban coaches from scouting future opponents at most live games in all sports.

The legislation, originally passed in January, fell short of being overridden this week by the full membership. Though a majority of eligible Division I schools that cast votes, 154 of the 279, elected to eliminate the ban on live scouting, it represented only 55.2 percent. It takes 62.5 percent to override the measure. Ninety-six of the eligible schools did not vote.

An NCAA committee proposed the ban because of improvements in video technology and the belief that live scouting could have a direct impact on fair competition because some coaches believe they won't have the same access to quality video. Other schools said the ban ran contrary to the governing body's deregulation effort.

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