Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

NCAA Proposal on Expanding Support Staff's Roles on Hold

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

NCAA Proposal on Expanding Support Staff's Roles on Hold

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TUSCALOOSA | The NCAA Board of Directors met in Grapevine, Texas, in late January to discuss deregulation of its recruiting rules. But while the concept of deregulation -- simplifying and shortening the rulebook -- is widely embraced in the coaching profession, one of those measures became a flashpoint for controversy.

The hot button was the role of support staffs.

Proposal 11-2 would have allowed support staffs to engage much more heavily in its program's recruiting efforts, but complaints from NCAA member schools have the proposal on ice for now.

"That would be a big deal in my opinion. You'd be looking at hiring former coaches that have recruited, and have talked to kids and mommas, and been to schools and know how the whole process works," said former UA support staffer Russ Callaway. "You'd be looking at hiring for more experienced roles. 100 percent, it (would have been) a game-changer."

The NCAA's release on the suspension of 11-2 made it clear its member schools aren't yet sure of the right move. …

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