The NCAA is considering a change to the “Nick Saban rule,” which prohibits coaches from leaving campus to travel during the spring evaluation period in recruiting. First reported through sources by Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports, talks on altering the rule will continue at the Division I Council next week.
College football’s record-setting 13-month recruiting dead period ends on June 1, the first moment coaches are once again allowed to meet with recruits and evaluate talent in-person. The so-called “Saban rule” was passed in 2008, which at time, barred head coaches from speaking with recruits on the road but did allow for meetings with coaches and teachers who could share pertinent info on prospects.
… There were complaints around college football that Saban was arranging “coincidental” interactions with recruits, leading to the rule. However, since the rule was enacted, Saban has won six national championships and Alabama has been the nation’s most dominant recruiting entity.
I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. But Nick’s got more interns and analysts than the NCAA does.