The NCAA recently announced proposed plans to “deregulate recruiting” and was met with by a surprisingly negative response. The major concern was that schools with large budgets allotted to football programs would be able to focus all their efforts on recruiting top players, while those with lower budgets would be left in the dust.
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Randy Edsall, the head coach at the University of Maryland, has stated that he “hate[s]” the proposed changes and that “they were voted in without a lot of insight into what was going on.” Edsall feels that the regulation changes will essentially create “pro scouting at the college level.” He also said that he and his fellow Big Ten coaches are trying to “get them all overridden, so they won’t go into effect.”
The Big Ten is not the only conference that is concerned by these potential changes. Georgia athletic director, Greg McGarity, has been outspoken about his concerns with the proposed plans, saying he fears the changes will lead to a recruiting “arms race.” Interestingly enough, Georgia is one of a handful of schools that could compete in an “arms race.”
Due to the outcry against the regulation changes, the NCAA is looking to make modifications to the plan. NCAA vice president, David Berst, told USA Today, “We’re just assessing where everyone is, and our intention is to modify as necessary.”
While the modifications are still unknown, it is obvious that some regulations must remain intact in order to keep some semblance of equality in college recruiting.