College football programs will be able to add a 10th assistant coach to their staffs starting next year.
The NCAA Division I Council approved the addition of another full-time, on-field assistant coach on Friday. The extra assistant was one of a few proposals made by coaches at the AFCA convention in January.
The change will go into effect Jan. 9, 2018.
Programs are currently allowed to have nine full-time assistants, and can also have any number of analysts and support staff members. The extra assistant will be another staff member allowed to work with players on the field during practices and games, as well as do more in recruiting.
With 85 scholarship spots available on a roster, college football teams have the lowest coach-to-player ratio of any collegiate sport. A 10th assistant also brings that ratio down slightly.