The NCAA announced a pair of new proposals yesterday for 2018, that would limit football staff sizes to 30 and another that would move the start of football practice back to early August.
According to the proposal, FBS schools would be “required to designate 30 individuals who will participate in on-campus football recruiting activities.” There is currently no limit on the number of staffers who can be involved in recruiting, and many schools have football staffs numbering several dozen. The 30 staff members would include all on-field coaches, including the head coach, as well as 10 assistant coaches and four graduate assistants. Schools would be required to designate their 30 staff members prior to preseason practice and send a list to their conference office. Staff members designated as being involved in recruiting activities would be the only ones allowed to “initiate written and electronic correspondence with prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians.” All those designated would be required to pass the NCAA’s recruiting exam every year.
The proposal, must first pass the Division I Football Oversight Committee before it can take effect next Aug. 1. that is typically regarded as a rubber-stamp process. In addition, the Division I Council is proposing a new practice start date, which would be 25 days prior to the first game of the season. For example, a team playing its first game Sept. 1 could hold its first practice Aug. 3. With the elimination of two-a-day practices this year, schools were allowed to begin practice an extra week earlier. Some did so in late July, which would no longer be allowed under the proposed change. According to the NCAA, members of the American Football Coaches Association are on-board with that proposed change.