The SEC is proposing at least seven recruiting rule changes that would certainly alleviate some of the stress that coaches endure. CBS obtained a copy of the letter that outlines the potential rule changes that may or may not be adopted by the NCAA.
The SEC is trying to be proactive, hoping many of the rules will become part of NCAA bylaws that govern all of college football.
It is obvious by reading the amendments listed, coaches are fed up with the ability of the media to portray any particular assistant or head coach in negative fashion for an accidental mistake. Sadly, newspaper or internet headlines can shine negatively on a coach who returns a text message from an unknown number with a simple, “Thanks. We played well. I appreciate the text.”
Here are the rules that the SEC is proposing:
1. Coaches would like to text message recruits instead of being limited to only email and Facebook messaging.
2. Coaches would like an earlier date for the first off-campus contact with recruits.
3. Coaches would like to the ability to accept Twitter follower and Facebook friend requests without the knowledge of compliance.
4. Coaches would like to any staff member to be allowed to answer any phone call from a recruit, recruit’s parent, or recruit’s coach.
5. Coaches would like for the elimination of the “bump rule.” Essentially, coaches would like to be able to talk with recruits off-campus during spring recruiting.
6. Coaches are interested in a summer official visit date.
7. The SEC will propose a NCAA mandated banning of 7-on-7 competitions on any college campus.