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Last weekend at their convention in Grapevine, Texas, the NCAA Board of Directors approved a long-awaited package of "common sense" rulebook revisions. Most notably, they eliminated longstanding restrictions on the way coaches can contact recruits -- no more improper phone calls, illegal text messages, dead periods or quiet periods.
"It's huge," proclaimed NCAA president Mark Emmert. "A significant step," said Wake Forest president and board chairman Nathan Hatch. "A milestone," blared a USA Today headline.
Given such celebratory tone, one can only assume there's similar euphoria among those that will be directly impacted by the changes. Right?
"It's insane. It's bad on both ends," said a recruiting coordinator at a major-conference school. "If it's not regulated where coaches have periods here and there that are designated as breaks, you don't get any time with your family."
"It's great for us, but it sucks for the recruits," said another recruiting coordinator. "You take the top 50 kids in the country -- every school in the country is going to be calling and texting these kids all day."
"Were going to be like a bunch of teenage schoolchildren texting all the time," said Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez. "I'm going to have to learn to text faster than I do now."
"I think it's horrible," echoed Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell. "The toll it's going to take on college coaches -- on their families, on any social life they may have, and the toll on [recruits] as well -- is tremendous."
So it's a triumphal recruiting moment for everybody except recruits, recruiters and the recruiters' family members. Which figures, since improving recruiting was never the focus of these reforms.
Recent NCAA rule changes could cause mayhem for college football recruits, coaches and recruits' family members.
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
NCAA is the biggest collection of frauds and idiots outside of Washington DC.
The further you put decision-makers away from the people those decisions effect, the worse and more self-dealing those decisions become.
The higher you get paid the more you are expected to do.
The highest paid hospital personal can spend weeks without leaving the confines of the hospital; sleeping, eating, and bathing there.
Coachs make ridiculous amounts of money so they should expect it at this point. Recruits can be as selective as they want, if they don't want to pick up the phone or respond to a text why would they in the first place?
Those kids in the top 250 will take a beating, go to school and deal with that avalanche?...
3 words--Early signing period
Because ignoring it makes it go away? Nope. Unwanted schools' coaching staffs will become as annoying as debt collectors to these kids. I think it is terrible.
Mark Emmert and his band of idiot old farts couldnt be doing a worse job.
I'd go a step further and let them sign whenever they want after a certain date. Or have a couple extended periods when they can sign. Maybe have a week in the Summer, a week before the holidays in early December then keep the first week of February as a final signing period.
Agree with the Emmert and his band of idiots comments ... but the old fart comment hits too close to my zipcode and reminds me of little head hair, lots of nose hair, and a drooping sack.
But, of NCAA execs being idiots and farts of all ages there is no question.
Lots of blocked #s. Hopefully coaches will be semi smart with it
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