Sports Shorts: UA's Miller upset over tight NCAA recruiting window

2013-07-16T00:00:00Z Sports Shorts: UA's Miller upset over tight NCAA recruiting windowStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

In a series of Tweets on Monday, Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Sean Miller criticized the NCAA's recruiting schedule.

For the second straight year, coaches are participating in three five-day "open" July recruiting windows, each from 5 p.m. on Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sunday; Before a rules change in October 2011, coaches had two 10-day periods.

"If everyone needs a break, then make the break 7-10 days long," he wrote on his official account, @UACoachMiller. "But this 2-3-day break is senseless." He wrote he "cannot comprehend" the rationale, and the solution was "simple": to "create a 12-15 consecutive day window."

West Coast coaches have to, in theory, fly home from the East Coast, sit for two days during the dead period, and then fly back East two days later. Miller was in Indianapolis and North Augusta, S.C., this past week.

"The smartest idea the NCAA can do to improve so many of these rules is to create a panel consisting of the prospects' parents after they have gone through several summers," he wrote. "Nobody knows better than them."

With no break, travel teams "would be able to choose events that make the most sense - not because the NCAA forces their hand," Miller said.

He'd be happy to help the NCAA revamp the rules.

"And I hope," Miller wrote, "the meeting will take place without breaks in between."

Miscellaneous

World Peace reaches deal with Knicks

LAS VEGAS - Forward Metta World Peace, who grew up in New York and played collegiately at St. John's as Ron Artest, is coming home to play for the Knicks.

The team said Monday an agreement had been reached with World Peace, waived by the Lakers last week. Also, Knicks guard J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery on his left knee and will miss the start of training camp.

• The Atlanta Hawks signed ex-Dallas big man Elton Brand, 34. ... Detroit signed Italian forward Luigi Datome and ex-UA guard Will Bynum, who played 65 games for the Pistons last season. ... Memphis re-signed guard Tony Allen and forward Jon Leuer. ... Sacramento signed Carl Landry to a four-year, $26 million deal.

• In soccer, Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half as El Salvador beat Haiti 1-0 in Houston to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. Also, Trinidad and Tobago beat Honduras 2-0.

• Denver suspended Broncos executives Matt Russell and Tom Heckert, who face drunken driving charges.

• In college football, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a charge of driving under the influence and will serve one day in jail July 31.

- Patrick Finley

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