Let’s get the thesis statement out right from the top: the proposal for adding a 10th full-time assistant in FBS should pass.
Earlier this month the NCAA’s Division I Council announced its sponsorship of proposals to add a 10th assistant and two early signing periods. While the jury continues to be out to a long lunch on the topic of early signing periods, the 10th assistant should absolutely pass.
First and most importantly, it’s a winning issue for players. As we explained previously, most staffs would likely use a 10th assistant in a recruiting-centric role, thereby freeing up the other nine assistants to spend more time with the players already on campus.
Right off the top, that’s enough there to pass the proposal.
But here’s another reason the 10th assistant should pass: it’s necessary for ensuring the future of the profession.
Take it from this conversation I had with a Power 5 quality control assistant: “As a 29-year-old who has GA’d and QC’d for eight years,” he said, “this is big.”
Adding a 10th assistant would — or, at least it should — ease the tension for coaches in their late 20’s feeling the tug of war between love and desire to coach and their need to make real, actual money. It’s those guys who are the future of the profession, and it’s those guys that this rule should be used to retain.
In this time of divisive politics engulfing our great nation, a 10th full-time FBS assistant is an issue we should all get behind.