The recruiting landscape is changing as the NCAA pushes for deregulation on multiple fronts. More freedom for coaches to contact prospects, send mail, text, call and employ recruiting specialists. A change that cleans up some of the rulebook and allows coaches to do their own juggling in the process.
One conference is openly against these changes: The Big Ten.
For a league that’s been proactive in expansion, and revolutionary in their television deal, the Big Ten has been far less than progressive where recruiting is concerned. The “recruit them until they get on campus, sell your positives and the other guys’ negatives” approach to recruiting somehow got lost upon Jim Delany’s league.
Most recently that was clear when Bret Bielema, former Wisconsin and current Arkansas head coach, accused newcomer Urban Meyer of “illegal” recruiting tactics. Bielema merely added fuel to a fire stoked pre-2012 signing day by Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Stealing recruits and…
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