The NCAA passed a new rule restricting the hiring of coaches on Friday, and you can count Gus Malzahn among the coaches who hate the idea.
On Friday, the NCAA adopted a policy it had been using for basketball since 2010, where a school could not hire a coach ” close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated and actual enrollment at the school.”
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This rule mostly affects high school coaches, especially those who coach at some of the top in-state programs who often have elite players. The rule is limited to support staff roles as opposed to on-field assistants. Coaches like Jeremy Pruitt of Alabama and Chip Lindsey of Auburn likely wouldn’t have been hired had this rule been in place years ago.
In speaking with George Schroeder of USA Today, the Auburn head coach, who at one point was a high school coach before becoming Arkansas’ offensive coordinator in 2006, strongly came out against the rule earlier in the week.
“This rule will in essence be a death sentence to any high school coach wanting to coach college (football),” Malzahn said. “It’s putting an end to it, and it’s not fair.”
Rhett Lashlee and Lindsey, the only two offensive coordinators to work under Malzahn, both got their starts in the high school ranks. Lashlee followed Malzahn to Arkansas in 2006 where the now-UConn offensive coordinator joined in a support staff role as a graduate assistant. Eliah Drinkwitz, now the offensive coordinator at NC State, was also first hired at Auburn in a support staff role.