New NCAA Legislation Could Impact Local Football Scene

New NCAA Legislation Could Impact Local Football Scene

By Steve Gamel

The high school and college recruiting scene has been buzzing lately following the adoption of a new piece of NCAA legislation that makes it difficult for high school coaches looking to make the jump to the college ranks.

Per the NCAA rule, college programs are prevented from hiring people for non-coaching roles who are considered “people close to a prospect” for a two-year period before and after that recruit’s anticipated arrival at the school. Non-coaching roles are strength and conditioning coaches, recruiting coordinators or quality control officers. The rule affects everyone from high school coaches to family members and junior college coaches.

“Today’s adoption of the football legislation marks the most significant progress in recent years to improve the football environment and culture for current and prospective student-athletes and coaches,” Jim Phillips, Northwestern’s athletic director and the chairman of the Division I Council, said in a statement back in April.

Essentially what this means is this: If a coach from a local high school wanted to jump to the college ranks in any of these capacities, they could not do so if the college they were looking at had signed a recruit from that coach’s high school. A perfect example is from 2013, when Texas signed former Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard. Shortly after that, Guyer’s Bryan Kegans was hired as a strength and conditioning coach for the Longhorns. Had the rule been in place back then, he would not have been hired.

The rule is already in place for basketball, but is just now being implemented for football. The goal of the rule is to curb the potential hiring of coaches by college programs to land big-time recruits. The rule is effective immediately and retroactive to contracts signed on or
after Jan. 18.

Some of the more notable changes that were a part of the recruiting reform include:

*The recruiting calendar has been changed to allow for mid-December signings (Dec. 20-22) rather than starting in early February. Recruits can still sign in February. According to the Dallas Morning News, the Collegiate Commissioners Association has a vote in June to make
this rule official.

*Players may take official visits between April 1 and late June of their junior year. Previously, no player could take an official visit until Sept. 1 of their senior year. This will be in place for 2019 recruits.

*Coaches employed at a college camp may now have recruiting conversations with participants.

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