March 14th, 2013 10:05 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, NCAA, recruiting, RWG
In January, the NCAA announced that it would be ripping a few pages worth of recruiting restrictions from its rule book this summer. An uproar ensued. Last week, backtracking, the NCAA’s rules working group recommended to the Division I board — the group that will eventually decide the issue — that a pair of proposed changes be suspended pending further study and “appropriate modifications.”
One of the proposed changes that is likely to be suspended is called “Proposal No. RWG-11-2.” That rule change would allow non-coaches to recruit prospects during on-campus visits and via text/email/phone/mail.
Almost immediately after the proposed change was first announced, two-time defending BCS champ Alabama began hiring new staff members. Kevin Steele, a former head coach at Baylor, was brought in as what some saw as a recruiting czar to head up Nick Saban’s new recruiting unit.
As Alabama added staff, other coaches, schools, and conferences took notice. Texas coach Mack Brown wondered just how many new aides Bama would hire. Coaches at South Carolina said that they expected Saban and company to push the new rules as far as they could. There was talk of mass mailings and of staffers hired to do nothing more than text recruits. There was even speculation that some school out there might set-up a call center devoted to calling prospects day after day.
Despite the NCAA’s decision to reconsider RWG-11-2, Alabama continues to hire new staffers. According to The Ole Miss Spirit — the Scout.com site covering the Rebels — Hugh Freeze’s coordinator of recruiting development is expected to move to Alabama. Al.com reports that Tyler Siskey’s duties with the Tide are as yet unknown.
Siskey has been at Mississippi since 2012. Before that he coached at Arkansas State as well as in the high school ranks. He was current Bama quarterback AJ McCarron’s quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at St. Paul Episcopal School in Mobile.
Whether the NCAA votes to suspend or change its new rules on recruiting — specifically the proposed rule to uncap the number of people who can recruit for a school — is yet to be determined. But Alabama is still moving full speed ahead in terms of hiring new people with recruiting backgrounds to new jobs within its football program.
Even if the new employees won’t be allowed to recruit, UA obviously has the cash to bring them in and continue to build one of the biggest football support staffs in the country.
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