Big Ten schools pushing to override NCAA recruiting rules

Big Ten schools are in the process of sending official requests to override the NCAA’s proposed ruling for unlimited communication with recruits, according to University of Nebraska faculty athletics rep Josephine Potuto.

The Big Ten on Monday announced the league’s coaches and athletics directors are pushing back against a set of proposed NCAA rules, including:

*Proposal 11-2: Athletics Personnel -- Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches --Elimination of Recruiting Coordination Functions

Proposal 13-3: Recruiting -- Deregulation of Modes and Numerical Limitations on Communication
*Proposal 13-5-A:  Recruiting -- Elimination of Printed Recruiting Materials and Video/Audio Legislation

“We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches,” the Big Ten stated. “We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources. We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes.

A Big 12 official said the league has not yet taken a position on the proposed rule, announced in January during the NCAA Convention in Dallas. The SEC has nothing to report on the issue, according to a spokesman.

Potuto said Big Ten athletics directors recently had a conference call to discuss how their schools were “particularly unhappy about the rules.”

As John Infante from points out, proposals need 75 override requests to send back to the NCAA board of directors for reconsideration.

An assistant coach from a BCS school said such conference messages aren’t surprising because he believes roughly 80 percent of the coaches don’t like the proposed rule change.

But as Potuto points out, there was complaining about the old rules that limited text messaging and how recruiting should be less regulated. Now that the NCAA has opened things up, many appear unhappy.

“It’s been pushed to the lowest common denominator,” Potuto said.  

Where the middle ground lies for coaches is still unclear. The new rules require more work, to be sure, pushing universities to consider expanding their football staffs to handle the workload. Even SIDs can talk to recruits under the new rules. The message from NCAA president Mark Emmert was, 'This stuff can't be regulated, so, well, have fun.'

This might not be a problem for the SEC, which had seven of the top 12 recruiting classes based on rankings.


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