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Old 02-19-2008, 05:07 PM   #1
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Big frustrations

By Ben Malcolmson

Playing by the rules just got very frustrating for Coach Pete Carroll.

NCAA bylaw, a regulation adopted January 14, dictates that head coaches cannot engage in off-campus recruiting activities during the April 15 through May 31 evaluation period. The legislation targets head coaches, most notably Carroll, who used to spend the month of May traversing the country to evaluate prospects during workouts at their respective high schools.

And Carroll isn’t happy, saying the new restriction only handicaps recruiting efforts for him and head coaches across the nation.

“This is a terrible decision for coaches who want to compete in the springtime,” Carroll said. “We want to go out and find great players and get out on the road, but a change like this really affects the evaluation process.”

Grant Teaff, the president of the American Football Coaches Association, said the proposal had been discussed for several years prior to being approved in January. He said representatives from the SEC finally pushed this legislation through at rules meetings in January.

“As far as coaches were concerned, it was well split,” Teaff said. “I think some coaches thought that they put themselves in jeopardy because of certain bumps — kids want to meet the coach, but they can’t have any contact at all.”

The new rule was passed in large part because of gray areas that are presented to the coaches during that spring recruiting period. Coaches are not allowed to have any contact with prospects during this 46-day period; they were only allowed to view workouts and practices. It sometimes made for awkward run-ins with recruits, as the coaches aren’t allowed to talk to them.

“For the coaches that felt like they’re too vulnerable on the road, it’s simply a question of doing the right thing and not talking to players,” Carroll said. “Going on the road, personally, I never found it hard to do the right thing.”

Fortunately for Carroll’s cause, there’s a 60-day period in which university presidents can protest the new legislation. It takes 30 presidents to have the rule overturned.

“Presidents of universities are paying their head coaches a lot of money to develop winning programs,” Carroll said. “It’s the least we can do to give our programs everything we’ve got in springtime recruiting.”

Carroll is especially upset because he believes the rule change was entirely unnecessary.

“They didn’t have to change the rule — if coaches don’t want to travel, then they just don’t have to go,” Carroll said. “This rule keeps head coaches from competing. This is really weak on the part of the decision makers.”


Very simple here:

The SEC wants to limit contact the big programs outside the South have with high school kids in their own backyard. Carroll himself said he used this period to traverse the country to get a look at kids.

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