The NCAA passed a number of new rules on Friday regarding coaching staffs and who can be hired. And one of the schools the new legislation was aimed at affecting was Alabama.
Per Bob Bowlsby, the Big 12 commissioner and the chair of the NCAA oversight committee, said on a conference call that it is believed on school, Alabama has 97 staff members. For some perspective, each FBS team is permitted 85 scholarships per year. That theoretically means the Alabama staff has more members than scholarship players.
Bowlsby: “We are told that there is 1 collegiate football program that has 97” staffers. — He is speaking of, ahem, Alabama.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) April 14, 2017
Of course several media members were quick to jump in and point how preposterous all of this seems.
@GeorgeSchroeder 97? No way.
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) April 14, 2017
@GeorgeSchroeder Would love to know his definition of "staffers."
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) April 14, 2017
Andy Staples also chimed in that even though the NCAA is aware of the staff size, there ultimately is very little the NCAA could do about it.
I have a guess. But I don't think they can ultimately do anything about it. NCAA got killed on the restricted earnings coach deal. https://t.co/Oo9SBUJRNx
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) April 14, 2017
Even if Alabama’s staff size is that large, it probably doesn’t have a huge impact on the outcome of most game’s given that the Crimson Tide have the most talent in college football and have the best coach as well.