College Recruiting Reforms

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Tyler Campbell
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College Recruiting Reforms
College recruiting over the past two decades has been getting more intent on finding the most athletic or talented player, but willing to give up good character, discipline, and well set academic standards. Just recently has the NCAA made milestone reforms to the recruiting process, scholarships, and academic standards not only for individuals but teams as a whole. The new reforms and stipulations for players and coaches are well thought out and though they are cracking down on academic standards and misconduct it is fair in the same sense. College athletes should be held to the same standards as non-athletic scholars, if not higher because they are ultimately there to graduate first and the reforms will ensure that is a higher focus.

Many coaches are so focused on winning and beating their rivals that they do not look for all around student athletes or players with good character or discipline. The main thing coaches today look for is who can perform the best and get that national championship for me. They do it because the risk of passing on a potentially elite player with character or academic issues is far greater than the risk of taking him. They do it because, despite whatever lip service their bosses give to indicate otherwise, their jobs depend almost entirely on wins and losses. They do it because they feel they have to. For example, Urban Meyer, who during his last several years as Florida coach had, to give just three examples, a player commit fraud by using the credit card of a deceased woman; a player send a threatening "time to die" text message to an ex-girlfriend; and a player get stopped for a DUI the week of the SEC Championship Game. But Meyer won two BCS championships, was treated like a king by his employer and left on his own accord after last season. These examples show how college recruiting has become more about talent than actual good character, academic standards, and values (Mandel, 2011:1)

The reforms to the recruiting process will help not only the coaches to recruit easier and get more in touch with their upcoming prospects from high school, but also will give prospective players a chance to be more acquainted with coaches, players, and make choosing the right college easier due to increased communication . Before the reforms coaches were very limited in contacting prospects such as by phone, text messaging, etc. The coaches could not contact players that they were thinking of recruiting until the end of the players junior year in high school. Now however coaches are able to contact prospects without limit as long as the recruit has completed their sophomore year in high school. This change gives not only coaches a better chance to scout talent but also gives players two years to decide where they would like to play if being recruited instead of just their senior year (Gardiner, 2011:1). Also, the recruiting or scouting timeline has change for coaches as well. Coaches are now allowed four days in April (previously a dead recruiting period) to evaluate upcoming freshman, while the period in July was dropped to twelve days in place of twenty. Even though the period in July was decreased now coaches and recruits have earlier opportunities to meet with each other, with the teams, and visit the college to feel out where they would be best suited to continue their career. A proposal to allow coaches more opportunities to work with recruits and current players during the summer was endorsed in concept, with final passage by the board likely in January (Gardiner, 2011:1).

Scholarship stipulations have become a big part of arguments between people for and against the reforms. Schools can now offer players $2,000 of additional spending money along with the scholarships covering tuition, room, and board that many student athletes already receive. This $2,000 add on is not a mandatory reform but an optional...
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