The Big Ten Conference released a statement from football coaches and athletic directors regarding concerns over three NCAA proposals involving rules changes for recruiting.
The three proposals involve:
• Allowing football programs to hire a recruiting coordinator and support staff separate from the coaching staff, any of whom can partake in all recruiting activities, save for off-campus visits;
• Eliminating restrictions on methods and modes of communication during recruiting," meaning no texting barriers, quiet periods or dead periods;
• Eliminating restrictions on sending printed materials (media guides, comic books, etc.) to recruits.
Some of the new proposals could become effective as early as July 1.
"While we applaud the work that has been done to date, we are very concerned that the timeline proposed for implementation of the proposals does not allow sufficient time for the Football Recruiting Subcommittee of the NCAA Leadership Council to thoughtfully consider the impact of the proposals," the statement reads.
"We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches. We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources.
"We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes."
Big Ten coaches and ADs had a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday in Park Ridge, Ill..
The NCAA has expressed a desire to streamline its nearly 500-page rulebook. But the proposals were met with alarm from many coaches, who worried about spending even more time on recruiting.
"We're going to be like a bunch of teenage schoolchildren texting all the time," Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez told SI.com. "I'm going to have to learn to text faster than I do now."
"I think the thing about texts is terrible," Cedar Hill (Texas) High coach Joey McGuire told The Dallas Morning News. "I think the NCAA has got to be going crazy. ... One of the reasons that they are doing it is because they can't enforce their rules. So instead of trying to enforce them, or change them in some way, they're just getting rid of them."