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NCAA grants U-Md., Texas one-year grace period on new coach-in-waiting recruiting rule


According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the NCAA has granted the Universities of Maryland and Texas a one-year grace period with regard to a recently passed rule, which subjects "publicly designated" coaches-in-waiting to the same recruiting restrictions as current head coaches. The schools will use the year to pursue relief from the new rule through official NCAA procedures.

The source asked for anonymity because the NCAA has not officially made an announcement. A spokesman for the Texas athletic department confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon.

James Franklin, Maryland's offensive coordinator, and Will Muschamp, Texas's defensive coordinator, have been designated as coaches in waiting by their respective programs. Franklin and Muschamp will not have any of the recruiting restrictions placed on them that are in place for head coaches, and they will be able to recruit as they have in the past for at least the next year.

Under a rule passed by the NCAA's Board of Directors and Legislative Council in January, coaches in waiting would be limited to one off-campus visit with a prospect, and that visit could not take place during the vital recruiting period from April 15 to May 31.

Assistant coaches not designated as coaches in waiting are permitted two off-campus evaluations -- one for athletics and one for academics -- per recruit during that same period.

"Obviously, since this legislation impacts only two programs in the country, we feel we are being singled out," Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said in a statement released when the NCAA announced the new rule. "Will is our head coach-in-waiting but he is also our defensive coordinator, and this legislation restricts his ability to perform his current job duties."

Maryland and Texas have three options for relief under NCAA bylaws:

-- Request that the NCAA's Legislative Review and Interpretations Committee assess the application of the legislation's effective date.

-- Seek a waiver of the rule from the Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, which is part of the Division I Legislative Council.

-- Submit a request to override the legislation. Requests from 30 member institutions prompts an override review from the Legislative Council, while 100 requests suspends legislation until it is reviewed.

The Big East proposed the rule last summer after receiving unanimous support from its football coaches, according to Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli. Those in favor of the new regulation -- which included the NCAA's Football Issues Committee -- argued that coaches-in-waiting could represent themselves as a program's head coach without having to abide by the recruiting constraints placed on head coaches.

The legislation was opposed by the NCAA's recruiting cabinet, which argued that coaches-in-waiting potentially could be named several years before they assume the program's reins, and thus be hamstrung in their recruiting efforts for too long a time.

By Steve Yanda  |  March 9, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
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This is all too Byzantine for me. Seems like a dumb rule, but the NCAA is a dumb organization.

Posted by: pipkin42 | March 9, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Just one more reason that naming franklin "head coach-to-be" was as terrible decision.

Posted by: JoeMama11 | March 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

My sentiments exactly. But remember, he was a "qualify minority" according to the politically correct affirmative action proponents who run our athletic department, so it's okay.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 9, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

James Franklin won't be head coach. Just look how he ran the O last season.

Posted by: TheMarylander | March 9, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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