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NCAA Division I Football Ad Hoc Recruiting Working Group

The Football Ad Hoc Recruiting Working Group shall conduct a comprehensive review of Division I football recruiting legislation, including the recruiting calendar and camps and clinics, and make recommendations to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

In accordance with direction provided by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and guided by the need to have rules that appropriately promote and advance the collegiate model of athletics competition the working group’s review will, at a minimum:

  1. Explore methods for reinforcing the desirability of recruitment occurring in the scholastic environment;
  2. Identify effective and appropriate means for prospective student-athletes to have their academic and athletics credentials evaluated;
  3. Consider the appropriate balance between coaches’ need to provide current student-athletes support and supervision during the summer with the interest in conducting and participating in camps and clinics;
  4. Examine how camp activities relate to football recruiting at Football Bowl Subdivision schools;
  5. Consider how to best protect the health and well-being of prospective student-athletes in the camp environment;
  6. Examine camps and clinics models used by other NCAA sports;
  7. Examine the role of the Association in providing positive outreach to various youth groups; and
  8. Align the review of camps and clinics with the comprehensive review of football.

Anticipated Areas of Review.

  1. Institutional and noninstitutional camps and clincs.
    1. Timing.
    2. Conduct.
    3. Employment.
    4. Alternative models, including those used in other sports.
    5. Health and well-being of prospective student-athletes.
  2. Recruiting calendar, including National Letter of Intent signing periods.
    1. Dead periods.
    2. Contact and evaluation periods.
    3. NLI signing periods.
  3. Scholastic versus nonscholastic influences.
    1. Individuals associated with prospective student-athletes.
    2. Evaluation activities.
    3. Role of the Association in providing positive outreach to various youth groups.
  4. Staffing.
    1. Coaching versus noncoaching staff.
    2. Responsibilities.
  5. Financial aid.
    1. Initial counters.
    2. Oversigning.
  6. Time Demands.
    1. Standardized length of season.
    2. Starting time of games.

Anticipated Timeline

  1. May 2016 – Begin work.
  1. June 2016 – Provide a report to the Football Oversight Committee in advance of its in-person meeting.
  1. August 2016 – Football Oversight Committee report to the Board of Directors. The Council could consider legislation for the 2016-17 legislative cycle.

Staff Liaisons to Ad Hoc Group

  • Scott Bearby
  • Jenn Fraser
  • *Oliver Luck
  • Ron Prettyman
  • Kris Richardson
  • Dave Schnase
  • Geoff Silver

Roster:

Name Conference Represented and Subdivision
Mr. Todd Berry
Executive Director
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
N/A
Ms. Lisa Campos
Director of Athletics
Northern Arizona University
Big Sky Conference FCS
Mr. Tyler (Ty) Darlington
Student-Athlete
University of Oklahoma
Big 12 Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Shawn Eichorst, co-chair
Director of Athletics
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Big Ten Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Arthur Johnson
Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics
University of Texas at Austin
Big 12 Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Austin Mack
Student-Athlete
The Ohio State University
Big Ten Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Tommy McClelland
Director of Athletics
Louisiana Tech University
Conference USA FBS Non-Autonomy
Mr. Terry Mohajir
Director of Athletics
Arkansas State University
Sun Belt Conference FBS Non-Autonomy
Mr. Bill Moos
Director of Athletics
Washington State University
Pac-12 Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Dan Mullen, co-chair
Head Coach
Mississippi State University
Southeastern Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Javon Patterson
Student-Athlete
University of Mississippi
Southeastern Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Danny Rocco
Head Coach
University of Richmond
Atlantic 10 Conference FCS
Mr. Steve Perez
Faculty Athletics Representative
California State University, Sacramento
Big Sky Conference/FARA FCS
Dr. Jon Steinbrecher
Commissioner
Mid-American Conference
Mid-American Conference FBS Non-Autonomy
Ms. Jennifer Strawley
Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
University of Miami (Florida)
Atlantic Coast Conference FBS Autonomy
Mr. Ben Weaver
Student-Athlete
Boise State University
Mountain West Conference FBS Non-Autonomy
Mr. Matt Wells
Head Coach
Utah State University
Mountain West Conference FBS Non-Autonomy
Mr. Danny White
Director of Athletics
University of Central Florida
American Athletic Conference FBS Non-Autonomy

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