Randy Edsall on new recruiting rules: 'I hate them'
Maryland coach Randy Edsall addressed the revisions to the recruiting rules, approved by the NCAA last month.
Last month, the NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of rulebook revisions. These changes, promoted as "common sense" adaptations to old regulations, will have the greatest impact on how coaches and schools contact recruits.
Recruiting-specific proposals adopted by the board eliminate restrictions on methods and modes of communication during recruiting, allow schools to hire their own recruiting staff separate from the coaching staff, and eliminate restrictions on how many coaches coaches can recruit off campus at a given time.
Additionally, schools are no longer limited in the amount of printed material they send to recruits yet no longer required to send information such as banned substance lists and information about graduation rates.
NCAA president Mark Emmert called the changes "huge." Maryland coach Randy Edsall has a different perspective.
"I hate them," Edsall said during a news conference on Monday. "I think they were voted in without a lot of insight into what was going on. I know we’re going to try to get them all overridden, so they won’t go into effect.
"When I was at the Big Ten meetings, all the football coaches were unanimous in that position to work with their presidents and ADs to get them overridden. The same thing when I was on an ACC conference call last week."
Edsall explained that the recruiting coordination changes will change the process into "pro scouting at the college level." Under the new restrictions, a school could hire someone to a director of player personnel-type role with his own department of scouts and interns to comb the country for the next crop of All-Americans.
In a time when athletic departments and schools are struggling to make ends meet, the NCAA is introducing a new battlefield for the arms race that is college football.
"When you try to put rules in to cover everything, you can’t, because we deal with such large numbers as opposed to most of the other sports," Edsall said. "Then the other thing is, the added expense that this would incur an institution is going to be ridiculous, in terms of salaries and everything else."
Instead, Edsall suggested the changes should be overturned and replaced with sport-specific changes. College football generates the most revenue of all college sports, but it also requires the most investment. When you take the restrictions off how much can be invested, it makes coaches like Edsall nervous for the future.
"If they don’t override it and it goes into effect, it’ll be the wild, wild West."
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