When in doubt, do it for the children.

The NCAA’s  Division I Council has introduced a few new proposals for D1 to consider, among them:

  • The proposal would make accommodations for two, 72-hour early signing periods beginning on the last Wednesday in June and in mid-December.
  • Increasing the limit on the number of assistant coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision from nine to 10 is another.

With regard to the latter, I just love the justification.

FBS programs can have a maximum of 85 players who receive grants-in-aid. Additionally, most programs have walk-on players. The Football Oversight Committee felt the addition of another coaching staff member will benefit football players.

“There was unanimity around the table on the addition of a 10th assistant coach being allowed (in FBS),” Bowlsby said. “We feel it is appropriate from a student-athlete welfare standpoint. The ratio of coaches to student-athlete is much higher in football than other sports, and this helps address that.”

Thank Gawd.  You know how football players all over America have been complaining about that.


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4 responses to “When in doubt, do it for the children.

  1. Macallanlover

    I really hope some version of the early signing rule is implemented. I can see benefits for both the players, programs, and coaches. If they need to add an escape option for significant coaching changes after the early LOI to make it palatable that would be fair too.


    • AusDawg85

      You’re amusing when you put the NCAA, players, and fair in the same statement. Elsewhere, Saban ponders his special assistant to coach ratio under the new proposal and realizes he’ll need to make room for 30 more staffers with the addition of a new coach. Les Mile’s application is on its way.


      • Macallanlover

        Nothing amusing about it, doesn’t mean it is always this way but in the case it can be a win/win. Broken clock and all that, nothing wrong with recognizing when they get something right.

        FWIW, you are right about the explosion of staff members making the coaching limitation change less meaningful than a few years ago. Plenty of help now but we don’t have room for all of them on the sidelines.


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Do they sincerely think anybody with 2 brain cells to rub together believes that baloney?