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    Huge recruiting legislation could be approved by NCAA this week

    Huge recruiting legislation could be approved by NCAA this week
    A new National Signing Day and a 10th full-time assistant coach are on the docket this week for the Division 1 Council.


    by Chris Hummer - Apr 11, 11:13 AM

    The most important college football story of the offseason will play out Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis, and it has nothing to do with spring football.

    A proposal to alter the recruiting calendar and to add a 10th full-time assistant coach, among other things, will be heard by the Division 1 Council. If the Division 1 Council approves, the NCAA Board of Directors can finalize the rule alterations two weeks later. If these changes are indeed enacted, the way programs recruit – both with their assistant coaches and how they push for prospects – will change.

    A Change in the Recruiting Calendar

    The Division 1 council will hear a proposal – endorsed by the American Football Coaches Association – that would add a second National Signing Day on the third Wednesday of December. Currently, that day is reserved for junior college prospects.

    This change would allow high school athletes to sign their National Letter of Intent in December or during the current National Signing Day date of the first Wednesday of February.

    There was even initial talk about an earlier signing day in June, but that was later scrubbed.

    The effect of this change would be twofold.

    First, it would allow high school athletes to eliminate the pressure of the recruiting process two months earlier. No more calls from coaches, no more visits. They’d sign and be done. Players that are certain can go ahead and sign, and the stress that comes with recruiting is finished.

    Second, coaches can get a much better idea of how their class is shaping up if players are already off the board. They wouldn’t have to keep an eye on prospects that are ready to sign, and their targets would officially reset with some players already having signed elsewhere. This would allow their time to be more purposely allotted, and would take some of the stress away that comes with the final month of the recruiting calendar.

    Also a part of the wide-ranging football legislation is the opening of the official visit window, which proposes that prospects can take their official visits from early April to June in addition to the time allotted in the fall and winter.

    A 10th Assistant Coach to Recruit/Manage

    Part of the proposal, which received unanimous support from the AFCA, is to add a 10th full-time assistant coach. It’s not a surprise coaches support the addition of more coaches, and the impact of this potential staff change would mostly be felt in two ways: on the field and in recruiting.

    In terms of on-field coaching, FBS programs aren't exactly short on manpower. Nine full-time assistants, four GAs and the head coach himself are allowed to directly interact with players on the practice field – that’s not even counting analysts, interns and video people that are out there watching. But the addition of a 10th full-time assistant means head coaches never need to prioritize a position over another again.

    Assuming the head coach doesn’t coach a position, the nine full-time assistants must be allotted to the main position groups (QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB). With the ever-evolving schemes in football, some are assigned to sub-groups of linebackers, wide receivers, ect. . Throw in special teams, and it’s easy for one group to potentially get overlooked.

    Adding a 10th full-time assistant would eliminate that.

    But the biggest impact will likely be felt in recruiting. Crootin’ is now a full-time job for a coaching staff, and with only 10 coaches allowed on the road at one time (usually the nine assistants and the head coach), that time is severely limited.

    Add a 10th full-time assistant to that mix, potentially a recruiting point man, and the recruiting burden for a coaching staff would be significantly lessened.

    It should be noted the current language for this proposal would allow programs to add the 10th full-time assistant immediately. However, the The Football Oversight Committee put forth an amendment in February to move the effective date of the 10th assistant to Jan. 9, 2018.

    http://georgia.247sports.com/Article...AA-Di-52253005


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    Re: Huge recruiting legislation could be approved by NCAA this week

    It's been initially passed.....here are the changes...with some that begin to take effect immediately....

    NCAA D1 Council votes in favor of sweeping recruiting changes
    A 10th assistant coach, a second official visit window and more approved by D1 Council


    by Chris Hummer
    4/14/17

    The NCAA Division 1 Council voted Friday morning in favor of a massive package of legislation that will alter the college football recruiting landscape irrevocably.

    Among the changes the Division 1 Council voted to enact are: An early signing period that will begin the third Wednesday in December, the approval of a 10th full-time assistant coach and a second official visit window for prospects. All of this legislation, except for the early singing period (more on that below) needs final approval from the Division 1 Board of Directors on April 26.

    "It’s really a historic, to me and others, and transformative day," said Chair of the Division 1 Council Jim Phillips. "We’ve come together to create this comprehensive and holistic recruiting package. It was a clear directive a year ago for the council and the Oversight committee to put this package together. In the end, it’s about access, affordability and safety.

    “In the end it was for the betterment of student athletes, prospects, their family and coaches in college football. It really was a transformative day for us.”

    The change in the recruiting calendar approves a second signing period, which would start on the third Wednesday in December, for high school athletes. Previously, that mid-December date was reserved for junior college prospects. This would be a 72-hour signing period, and is in addition to the current date of the first Wednesday of February.

    It’s important to note that the Division 1 Council is only approving an early signing window. In order for athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent during that period, the the Collegiate Commissioners Association, which oversees the National Letter of Intent program, needs to create a new LOI signing period. The CCA will convene and vote on this proposal in June.

    “We have every expectation the December signing date will be approved at the June meeting of the Collegiate Commissioners Association," said Chair of the Division I Football Oversight Committee Bob Bowlsby.

    Bowlsby said he has "every expectation" the CCA will approve the early signing period at their meeting in June.

    Initially, the NCAA looked at an even earlier signing period in June, but that proposal had little backing.

    Bowlsby said the NCAA will continue to look at future early signing periods.

    The addition of a 10th full-time assistant was almost unanimously supported by coaches, and many view it as a necessary change for the welfare of student athletes. Programs, with Board of Director approval, will be allowed to add a 10th full-time assistant on Jan. 9, 2018.

    Also included among the legislation was a change to the recruiting calendar for official visits. Currently, high school prospects are only allowed to take their five official visits – trips colleges can pay for – after Sept. 1 of a prospect’s senior year.

    With an earlier National Signing Day, the addition of this April to June window was seen as necessary. This change will go into effect starting on Aug. 1.

    Other prominent portions of the legislation include:

    - Limiting annual scholarships to 25: An important piece of this legislation is walk-ons who have not been enrolled for two years and transfers put on scholarship will count against a team’s 25-player class size limit for first-time financial aid agreements or a National Letter of Intents. A walk-one awarded a scholarship after two years on campus would not count against the limit. The aim of this is to reduce oversigning, greyshirt and blueshirt practices.

    - A signing limit exemption: If a signee becomes injured and must give up football, he would not count toward the signing class limit of 25. Previously, a program would not be allowed to replace a signee who is unable to continue playing football.

    - A hiring limit on those “Individuals associated with prospective student athletes”: The most controversial proposal, which a number of FBS coaches have spoken out against, says schools cannot hire “anyone associated with” prospective student athletes to off-field roles or a strength and conditioning position for a two-year period before a student athlete enrolls and for two years after. This would include high school coaches, junior college coaches, trainers or anyone else associated with a recruit. Coaches could still be hired for on-field roles, but this would mean colleges can no longer hire the high school coach of a prominent player as an analyst. This change goes into effect right away.

    - A limit to offseason camps: FBS schools hosting camps and clinics will now be limited to a 10-day period in June or July, and it's required these camps occur on campus or in facilities regularly used by the school. That means satellite camps are almost effectively eliminated. Clinics, large-scale events hosted by multiple schools, are still allowed off-site, however. This change goes into effect right away.

    - Recruiting contact allowed at camps: Coaches employed by the school are now allowed to have recruiting conversations with prospects participating at these camps.This also goes into effect immediately.


    http://georgia.247sports.com/Article...eorgiaBulldogs


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