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Changes coming and they don't bode we'll for those staffs not willing to go all out recruiting **coughtexascough**
new rules on recruiting will change the face of recruiting. Starting next year, school's will be allowed to hire entire staff's solely for recruiting/scouting if they're willing to spend the money--opening the door for "package deals" w/ HS coaches and recruits. Below are excerpts from an SI article:
• Proposal 11-2, which allows for football programs to hire a recruiting coordinator and support staff separate from the coaching staff, any of whom can partake in all recruiting activities save for off-campus visits.
• Proposal 11-4, which eliminates restrictions on how many coaches can recruit off campus at a given time.
• Proposal 13-3, which "eliminate restrictions on methods and modes of communication during recruiting," meaning no texting barriers, quiet periods or dead periods.
• Proposal 13-4, which eliminates a list of required materials (a banned-drug list, APR data) schools must send to recruits.
• Proposal 13-5A, which eliminates restrictions on sending printed materials (media guides, comic books, etc.) to recruits.
In deregulating recruiting, the NCAA did an about face on two general principles behind previous restrictions. One is the long-held notion of ensuring "an even playing field" between the haves and have-nots, whether by limiting the number of recruiters per school or warding off an arms race to see who can produce the glossiest pamphlets. Emmert and other leaders have openly said that's no longer a realistic goal. "We're not going to try and overcome those natural competitive advantages that people have," he said.
More puzzling, however, is the apparent abandonment of previous attempts to provide sought-after recruits with some semblance of normalcy. In a December news release, the NCAA said the Working Group relied on input from two student-athletes: a Duke women's lacrosse player and a former University of Maryland Baltimore County baseball player.
"I think the thing about texts is terrible," Cedar Hill (Texas) High coach Joey McGuire told The Dallas Morning News. "I think the NCAA has got to be going crazy. ... One of the reasons that they are doing it is because they can't enforce their rules. So instead of trying to enforce them, or change them in some way, they're just getting rid of them."
Given that volume, the more significant change for football will be the rule that opens recruiting duties to non-coaches. It's also the one that most clearly favors programs with the deepest pockets.
Theoretically, a powerhouse like Alabama or Ohio State could hire a whole other staff devoted solely to contacting and maintaining relationships with recruits. Other BCS-conference programs, flush with new television money, would presumably follow suit. While some have suggested colleges may follow the NFL model of creating a separate player personnel department, more realistically, more menial recruiting tasks will be delegated to non-coaching personnel.
"Just because it is allowable for the entire staff to be involved in recruiting and those relationships doesn't necessarily mean it's wise to open the floodgates for everybody," said one BCS-conference staffer. "The response will mirror different recruiting tactics people have. Those that employ the scorched earth tactic of sending so much mail and so much electronic communication to the highest volume possible -- you've now opened more legal manpower for that scorched earth."
Some coaches are already strategizing for the new rules, which take effect on Aug. 1. One head coach with an opening on his staff said he's waiting to hear from his athletic director if he can divide the money into two positions: one coaching, one recruiting. Many others will presumably meet with their bosses to request a bigger payroll soon.
"What's more important to me?" said Rodriguez. "Facilities are important, but not more important than people -- the people that you recruit with, the people you're trying to recruit. It's going to be a whole other arm of the profession. Some schools will have a full-fledged scouting department that also does recruiting."
Meanwhile, the rule about sending printed materials may seem trite, but don't underestimate just how over-the-top recruiters can be if handed more money and fewer restrictions.
"This is a boom for the Fathead industry," said Farrell. "I can't wait for the first team to send an eight-foot Fathead to a kid of himself wearing their uniform. He's going to take a picture of it, put it on Twitter, it gets retweeted 85 times and everyone's going to know about it."
Ultimately, we won't know the effects of the NCAA's overhaul until the new rules take hold in August. And there will be undoubtedly be unintended consequences and areas of abuse. For instance, the ability to create new staff positions could result in more "package deals" where schools hire a coveted prospect's coach.
This post was edited by BlueToothJimmy on 2/7/2013 at 7:02 AM
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