With negative feedback and general resentment growing, the NCAA has suspended plans to de-regulate several areas of college football recruiting, until May at the the earliest.
In January, the NCAA had approved plans to allow programs to send as much printed material as they want to players, to text and call players as often as they so desired, and to allow programs to hire on as many recruiting staff members as they could afford.
Obviously, the fear of a recruiting “arms race” abounded not only in the Big Ten (which wrote a joint letter opposing the plans) but throughout the nation and including the mighty SEC. Thus, the NCAA will take a step back and send the proposals back to the Rules Working Group. That Group authored the initial recommendations in the first place, and they will work to fine-tune their proposals before the next NCAA board of directors meeting in May, according to USA Today.
NCAA president Mark Emmert has been working hard to slim down the massive size of his governing body’s rulebook since 2011. Since keeping track of all the texts, tweets and Facebook messages has become nearly impossible, he and his staff figured simply ripping those pages out of their rulebook would do everyone a lot of good.
However, in a matter of minutes most programs were already thinking of ways to take advantage of the free-for-all, and that includes hiring people specifically to text recruits “100-150 times per day, every day”. Obviously, this is not quite in keeping with the spirit of the rules changes, but such is life in the cutthroat world of college recruiting.
The NCAA Board of Directors meet again on May 2. At that time, they will go over the rule changes once again, and will decide upon the best way to implement a modified package of changes.
They want to give colleges more freedoms and less bureaucracy. However, at this point it does not look like the schools themselves are ready to responsibly handle it — instead quickly choosing to build up the biggest staffs to try to outspend their opposition.
Again, such is life in the cutthroat world of college recruiting.