No matter which way the recruiting winds blow, Corch is cool with ‘em.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer applauded the move by the NCAA this week to table the relaxation of several recruiting rules that would have made the pursuit of prospects an almost 24/7/365 exercise.
“One of the concerns I know our staff has and the Big Ten has — the fall is for coaching your players,” Meyer said. “If it’s unlimited phone calls and all that stuff, then you’re spending all of your evenings calling recruits. We don’t need to speed up the process any more. I think recruiting, the calendar, is perfect the way it is.”
Yet Meyer said Ohio State is poised to add personnel to the recruiting effort if the proposed rules allowing more people to be involved ultimately is passed. Two-time defending national champion Alabama was in the process of doing the same thing.
“We’re still evaluating the landscape,” Meyer said. “I think Alabama does a nice job. They staff up pretty good. … And we’re going to do certainly (what it takes) to be competitive.”
And that’s the thing. It’s not like ‘Bama and Ohio State are going to suffer with the revocation of deregulation. The recruiting powerhouses were doing just fine under the old arrangement. In fact, you could argue that the new rules might have helped some schools who were willing to take advantage of the opportunity to be more creative narrow the gap.
But if what you care about most is spending money… well, Urban Meyer’s okay with that.