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College football: NCAA's new recruiting proposals could make recruiting landscape even crazier

In order to simplify things, the NCAA is trying to relax the rules on contact between coaches and athletes. That could put a bigger burden on the athletes and the schools.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 23, 2013
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Not to mention, it's sure to cause staffs to fight even more to balance communicating with prospective student-athletes and actually coaching the ones who are currently in the program.

“It's just going to put more time on all our coaches, keeping up and doing all that type of stuff,” Oklahoma State recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr said.

And in a world of soaring recruiting budgets, these proposals would make it even more costly to try to keep up.

More money will need to be spent on simple things like stationary and envelopes. But some schools will hire more manpower to essentially create a personnel department. Stoops half-joked he'd need to bring back legendary Sooner coach Barry Switzer to help. Other staff members, such as sports information directors, will even be permitted to recruit as long as it's not off campus.

“If they open it up where you can do anything, obviously the schools that have got a lot of money, they're going to go spend it,” Barr said. “They've always talked about a level playing field. Well, they just made it pretty bumpy out on that field.”

These new proposals are not a done deal, however. Earlier this month, the Big Ten coaches and athletic directors met and issued a statement asking the NCAA to take more time to evaluate these changes and possible consequences. Other conferences could follow suit before Aug. 1.

But if all goes through, an already crazy recruiting landscape would get even crazier.

“We can sit here and speculate all we want,” Stoops said. “It's gonna be chaotic and different. I don't know where it all comes from. I don't think we were all that far off with what we've been doing to have this radical change.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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