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Big Ten Coaches, ADs Balk At New Recruiting Policies

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(CBS) Big Ten coaches and athletic directors met Monday at the conference’s headquarters in Park Ridge, Ill. and expressed concerns regarding new recruiting rules recently announced by the NCAA. Here is their statement in full:

We reviewed the 26 Rules Working Group proposals acted upon by the NCAA Board of Directors in January, some of which will become effective as early as July 1, 2013.  While we applaud the work that has been done to date, we are very concerned that the timeline proposed for implementation of the proposals does not allow sufficient time for the Football Recruiting Subcommittee of the NCAA Leadership Council to thoughtfully consider the impact of the proposals.

We are specifically concerned with the following three proposals and ask that they be tabled along with Proposal 13-2:

Proposal 11-2: Athletics Personnel – Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches – Elimination of Recruiting Coordination Functions
Proposal 13-3: Recruiting – Deregulation of Modes and Numerical Limitations on Communication
Proposal 13-5-A:  Recruiting – Elimination of Printed Recruiting Materials and Video/Audio Legislation

We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches.  We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources.

We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes.