Sonny Dykes: 'We need to be careful; kids have to have a life'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on January 31, 2013
For Sonny Dykes, it's all about common sense.
And when it comes to recruiting, there's less and less of it. The new Cal football coach talked with Fox Sports Arizona, and can't believe how crazy recruiting has become.
"I think recruiting in general has gotten out of hand," Dykes said. "I think sometimes, as coaches, we've got to be really careful of the message we're sending these kids. Some of the stuff with the announcements and television and all that, it's kind of gotten out of whack a little bit. There's got to be a little bit more common sense brought back to recruiting. It's kind of taken on a life of its own.
"People are benefitting financially from recruiting - the recruiting services - covering it and the televising of Signing Day and all-star games. It's different than it was, but at the same time, it's interesting. I grew up following recruiting and being really passionate about following it when I was younger. I can see why it appeals to people, because it's interesting and there's high-drama. But it has, probably gotten a little out of hand."
Things are only going to get crazier with the NCAA's recentl deregulations, which will take effect in August. You can read about the deregulation here.
Dykes is one of many coaches who are skeptical of the positives that come from this.
"From a big picture standpoint, I think it sounds good. I just don't know, in practice, what a good move that's going to be," Dykes said. "The recruiting stuff is already crazy as it is right now and when you start lifting a bunch of restrictions, I think it does nothing but make it even crazier. I haven't read the details of the legislation and I'm not sure of all the ins and outs of it. I know it goes into effect in August. I know the recruiting calendar has changed, I know we're going to have contact with seniors.
"We need to be careful, because these kids have got to have a life. I know July is going be a contact period. When are these players supposed to vacation with their families and enjoy their summers? When recruiting becomes a year-round thing for kids, I don't necessarily think that's a positive. They're 17 and 18 years old. They need to enjoy their summers without having a bunch of football coaches banging their door down all summer.
"There needs to be common sense. I think the NCAA has the right idea in general, it's just I don't know how practical it is."
You can listen to Dykes' interview by clicking here.
Chris Vannini is the lead writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered Michigan State sports for The State News, The Oakland Press and MLive.com. He writes a weekly column for the Detroit Free Press on behalf of SB Nation. Vannini lives in Big Ten country, so his foot speed is far from SEC caliber, but his pulse on coaches is hard to match. Be sure to follow @CoachingBuzz on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com