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Football staff size proposal tabled

Oversight committee to seek additional feedback from membership

The Division I Council, acting on a recommendation from the Division I Football Oversight Committee, tabled a legislative proposal designed to set parameters on football staff sizes.

The proposal would have required schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision to designate 30 individuals who will participate in on-campus football recruiting activities.

However, after receiving feedback from head coaches, directors of athletics, compliance administrators and conference offices, the committee decided during its meeting at the NCAA Convention that the issue needed further discussion.

“I went to the American Football Coaches Association meeting, and there were a lot of questions about how this was going to work,” said Bob Bowlsby, the chair of the oversight committee and commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. “The coaches wanted to know who was going to be included, how they would be certified and who was exempted.”

Under the proposal tabled Wednesday, the designated staff members would be required to pass the NCAA recruiting exam every year before engaging in any recruiting activities. It also would require the number of designated individuals to include the head football coach, all assistant football coaches (maximum of 10) and all graduate assistant football coaches (maximum of four in FBS football). For an FBS football program that has the maximum permissible number of football coaches (15), up to 15 other individuals could be designated.

The proposal would require each school to make those designations before its first preseason practice. Directors of athletics would be required to review and sign off on the designations and submit the signed document to the school’s conference office.

Changes to the designation would be permitted only as a result of attrition and would require approval by the director of athletics.

The proposal would have permitted only the designated staff members to have recruiting conversations with a prospective student-athlete participating in an institutional camp or clinic, and initiate written or electronic correspondence with a prospective student-athlete or his or her parents or legal guardians.

“We know that we need some management tools around this issue of proliferation on staff positions,” Bowlsby said. “We will continue to be engaged on this and want to get this right.”