Ah, NCAA. You're like the shy kid who doesn't know how to dance. You understand you're supposed get out on the floor and do something, you're just not sure how to do it.
And when you do get up the nerve, it's an awkward, ugly thing to behold.
It's like the D-I Legislative Council's first stab at cleaning up basketball recruiting. A new proposal is something, but it's not going to be much to look at.
Prohibiting schools from hiring anyone associated with a basketball recruit for a two-year period before or after the player enrolls at the school sounds nice, but hoping it actually works is another story.
Is it too broad? Will it mostly affect families – aggravating recruits – and not associates? Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt thinks it's also wrong to simply focus on basketball, given that hiring associates of recruits also affects football. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
He also cites an Arkansas football situation from a few years ago when coach Houston Nutt hired a high school coach, Gus Malzahn, seemingly in order to influence the decision of star quarterback recruit, Mitch Mustain, who signed with the Razorbacks.
"That didn't gather much reaction as much as John Wall and Baylor, about him possibly going to Baylor," Hewitt said. "It was much ado about nothing."
The NCAA is trying – it added 49 pages to its recruiting rules; sorry to all the school's compliance officers -- but trying is different than getting it right.
A rule proposal that may or may not work? Awesome use of resources.
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