Wow, Gus, this sounds dire. Grave, even.
“This rule will in essence be a death sentence to any high school coach wanting to coach college (football),” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “It’s putting an end to it, and it’s not fair.”
What’s the rule?
The proposal, part of a comprehensive recruiting reform package to be considered this week by the NCAA’s Division I Council, is an attempt to prevent hires made in hopes of gaining an edge with recruits who are associated with the new employee. It applies to “individuals associated with a prospect” (IAWP); along with high school coaches, it would apply to junior college coaches, as well as others such as family members of recruits. It would mirror a rule already in place for NCAA basketball…
A college would be prevented from hiring a high school coach for a support role if it had recruited a player from his school in the previous two years and would be prohibited from recruiting players from that high school for two years after the hire.
Gosh, how inconvenient that must be for you.
The IAWP rule proposal does not prohibit hiring high school coaches for an on-field assistant coaching position — which was the path of Morris and Malzahn — or limit recruiting from the coach’s former high school in that instance. But such direct moves aren’t the norm… [Emphasis added.]
Said Malzahn: “The goal is they learn college football for a year or two and then they get a job (as an on-field assistant).”
Well, the goal for everyone else, apparently.
Malzahn, who was a high school coach before moving into college coaching in 2006 as an assistant at Arkansas, has hired nine high school coaches, including Drinkwitz.
“Not one time did I recruit any of their players,” he said. “I’m trying to put good high school coaches and people into college football. We’re not hiring them to get players here. If that rule passes, it’s gonna hurt. Every one of those (nine coaches), I wouldn’t have been able to hire.”
If you weren’t recruiting their players, why couldn’t you have hired them? And if you’re not hiring them to get their players, how is the rule going to hurt?
It’s tough being a control freak, I guess. The only thing missing from his whine is a half-assed insistence that the rule is somehow going to hurt the players, too.