Big Ten coaches/ADs express united concern over new rules
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 11, 2013
In recent weeks, a number of individual coaches have expressed concern over the upcoming deregulations in recruiting.
Now, there's an official statement.
The Big Ten released a statement on behalf of the coaches and athletic directors on three specific proposals that bring concern. The new rules are set to go into effect on Aug. 1.
Those three proposals are: the changes to the number of and limits on coaches and staff members who can recruit, the elimination of communication limits with prospects and the elimination of the limits on print and multimedia materials sent to prospects.
"We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches," the statement reads. "We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources.
"We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes."
The coaches and ADs met Monday in Park Ridge, Ill. for a regularly-schedule meeting. The declining success on the field in the Big Ten has ruffled their feathers in recent years, and one reason for that is recruiting shortcomings. But this isn't just a Big Ten issue. Will Muschamp has expressed his concerns over the unlimited communication proposal.
Now we have a group of coaches and administrators uniting in their worries.
"While we applaud the work that has been done to date, we are very concerned that the timeline proposed for implementation of the proposals does not allow sufficient time for the Football Recruiting Subcommittee of the NCAA Leadership Council to thoughtfully consider the impact of the proposals," the Big Ten statement reads.
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