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The NCAA passed 25-of-26 radical rule change proposals Saturday which could change the very dynamic of high school football recruiting
Amongst the ramifications of today's changes:
Coaches are allowed unlimited phone calls and text messages to eligible to be contacted recruits (presently seniors, but the tabled proposal would move that up to juniors).
Unlimited contact via social media.
Strikes down the so-called baton rule limiting the number of coaches that can be out recruiting at once to 7. A team's entire staff can now be out recruiting concurrently effective August 1st, 2013.
Will permit individuals to receive actual and necessary competition-related expenses from outside sponsors, so long as the person is not an agent, booster or representative of a professional sports organization. Circumstances similar sidelined Indiana freshmen basketball players Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea this season.
Allows student athletes to be considered student athletes once a National Letter of Intent is signed so they're eligible for student athletes benefits right away as opposed to the moment they first arrive on campus and begin classes.
Eliminates a limit on the amount of printed material that can be sent to recruits.
I am on the fence about these changes. I think the unlimited contact is a huge mistake. Right now you have heard top flight recruits parents complain about contact. Now it's going to get worse. Although they set up a parent guideline for this, I don't think it's going to help. The only thing they got right was increasing the student athlete allowance by 300.00, maybe it could of been a little more per diem.
But the biggest gaff was them not addressing the oversigning issues. They really need to level the playing field on this. Perhaps when they meet again in April.
I sure hope there is more to the 25 changes then that. Those changes sure seem like a step backwards.
Who is currently the NCAA president? That will tell you plenty about what they will do about over signing.
Well if they're not going to do anything about over-signing......why in the hell should we have scholarship limits then? Might as well get rid of that while they're at it!!
If this is the case.....well the B1G might as well start over-signing too.....
The only thing I can make of these changes and I don't really know much about this topic.....but with those changes it wouldn't surprise me of a lot of schools were doing those things already....Alabama and LSU come to mind......Oregon another.....
But I don't know it's all speculation on my part.
So if they're considered to be student athletes once signed, they have to adhere to all of the requisite rules. Don't the fools at the nc2a have enough to worry about already? Oh well.
Allowing kids to receive any type of cash is IMO a huge mistake. The oversight on that will only be bested by the fallout from paying HS kids. Trouble waiting to happen there.
is there a limit as to how large a staff can have? With the unlimited coaches out recruiting I can see the SEC schools having 25 coaches on staff now and having them all out in the field recruiting...
If I was a recruit I'd be worried about no limits to phone calls and texting. I'd be bothered and annoyed at getting texts at 11pm from coaches wishing me sweet dreams or whatever. Weirdness. I'd tell coaches don't contact me after 8pm and if anyone does from the staff that I'm not going to go to their schools. I'd do that if my kid was being recruited. I'd set up rules with coaches to contact him at a set period of time, say 12noon to 8pm. kind of deal. I agree the NCAA needs to make it fair across the board, they need to take control of football. Right now they only get involved with rule breaking, it's really the conferences and bowls that run the sport. That's assbackwards. That would be like the govenors of the states running the country and overruling the federal government...ok bad example, that actually might be a little better but you know what I mean.
Both the recruits and the coaches were against unlimited contact, so why in the world did the NCAA allow it? ..... The obvious answer is it makes it easier for them to police this issue. It's ridiculous that we make rules, not for the players, the coaches, or the fans, but for the NCAA police force.
I agree completely with what you are saying.
If I am a recruit, or a parent of a recruit, and I do not want to be contacted as much, I set rules/parameters from the get-go for any and all college programs who are recruiting me/my son. I think that is a healthy way to limit the interaction so it does not consume your life, and I think it is something that each and every recruit/family should do if they feel strongly about it. These are programs who want you, not necessarily the other way around.
Even today with the limit to how much interaction or contact there can be, I think it is crazy for a recruit or family to not place some limitations. For example, I keep hearing about Auburn "not giving up" on winning back Trey Johnson's commitment. They continue to contact him and/or visit him at his school. If a guy like Johnson has truly moved on, he needs to go ahead and let them know, and hope that they abide by his wishes. If not, then tell them since they didn't follow his "rules," he is no longer considering their school.
It's pretty simple really - the recruits still hold the cards here, if they so choose.
These are really bad rules in my opinion, juniors and seniors are going to be hounded now, coaches are going to also get totally burnt out so they'll hire people to start texting for them so the thousands of texts per day that a kid is going to have coming in now are going to basically be spam.
From 11W: "Off-campus recruiting rules also have been changed. There will no longer be a cap on how many coaches can recruit away from their campus at the same time. If recruits are poster fans, well, get ready. More are coming. Universities will not have any restrictions on printed material mailed to prospective players. Frequency, size, expense – it doesn’t matter. Who knows, maybe an Ohio State recruit will receive an Urban Meyer Fathead in the mail."
Or maybe a giant postcard delivered via a billboard in your hometown.
I can see Urb and the rest of the Crew, racking up about 100,000 texts a month!! love it
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