On Friday, the NCAA passed a number of new rules and regulations regarding recruiting and hiring of coaches. And one of the rules figures to not be well received by college football coaches.
The NCAA has prevented schools from a hiring a person close to a prospective student-athlete for a four-year period to a support staff role. This rule was first adopted for basketball back in 2010. Essentially this means that schools cannot hire parents or high school coaches of prospective student athletes.
The full wording of the statement from the NCAA is below.
It prevents Football Bowl Subdivision schools from hiring people close to a prospective student-athlete for a two-year period before and after the student’s anticipated and actual enrollment at the school. This provision was adopted in men’s basketball in 2010 (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017.)
To some this might be seen as way to clean up recruiting. The problem is that just about every major college does this. Alabama could not have hired now defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt back in 2007 if this rule was around, given that often times these coaches come from the top high school programs in the state, which most of the time have the best in-state players. The same goes for now Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey when he was hired to a support staff role in 2013 before returning this off-season.
Very rarely do high school coaches get hired to an on-field role straight from high school. Gus Malzahn, one of the few exceptions to the rule when he was hired as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator back in 2006, is strongly against the rule, as he explained to George Schroeder of USA Today.
“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.”
And even though this rule has been in effect in basketball, it still hasn’t stopped players following their parents or high school coaches. Michael Porter Jr. will be playing at Missouri this year, where his father was just hired as an assistant coach. Porter Jr. is the No. 1 high school prospect in the country.
Sure, some high school coaches will get hired straight onto staffs, like Malzahn or Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze were. But a large majority of coaches don’t have that kind of luxury. And for what it’s worth, Malzahn, Freeze, Lindsey and Pruitt are all employed by the school that first hired them from the high school ranks.