NCAA clamps down on the middle man

The NCAA approved rules changes cutting down on some of the legal but shady practices in recruiting.

You can no longer hire a person who has been associated with a prospect (before or after). This is in response to the rash of AAU coaches and other "advisors" who get hired by colleges in an attempt to attract their players (e.g #1 recruit John Wall's AAU coach being hired at Baylor a couple of years ago). Many a video director or director of basketball operations job have been filled that way.

Colleges are no longer allowed to contribute to "nonprofit organizations" that are really AAU teams. This was a loophole that would allow to buy a kid's summer team.

More interesting is not allowing people off campus from working camps. It wasn't unheard of for these "advisors" to demand that if you want my player then you have to pay me to come work your camp. This should clamp down on that. But the negative is that many a coach got their start that way. Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said in an interview that his dad wouldn't be in coaching if it wasn't for that.

Coaches can be suspended for violations of these rules so there are some serious consequences to be had. Good to see some of these inbetween guys left out in the cold as many of them are only interested in their pocket books and not the welfare of the kids.

Now if they could just crack down on the whole issue of coaching packets that costs hundreds of dollars for no good reason.

Read the ESPN piece on the rules changes here.

CBS college hoops insider Seth Davis had some thoughts about the changes. Read those here.


  1. Most of these rule changes are great. I agree with Coach K and Coach Capel that not allowing young coaches to work camps is something I personally don't think is a good idea.
    I got an opportunity to work a camp last year and it was a great way to network and pick up new drills and concepts. I am also hoping that it looks good on my coaching resume. I also read some where that the max amount that a school could pay a coach that works their camp was $300. I am not rich by any means and volunteer tons of hours but the experience of working the camp is a lot more important then a couple hundred bucks.

    The one thing this rule tells me is that the NCAA is the only one that should benefit monetarily from student-athletes.

    The shady people the NCAA are trying to stop will just find another way to be shady.

    Just my opinion.

  2. I found this interesting:

    "The NCAA also approved a $35 million addition to its headquarters in Indianapolis".

    35 million? Remember this is big business!

  3. The 35 million was very ironic in that article. You make a great point about the NCAA profiting on the kids.

    Ed O'Bannon has a lawsuit out there about using the likeness of kids in video games after they graduate. Right now the NCAA still makes that money and O'Bannon (rightfully in my opinion) says that once you're out the in school rules shouldn't apply. I'm very interested to see how that one turns out.


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