Today the Blog of the NCAA published a story about the proposed changes to the basketball recruiting model. The entry contained a number of interesting ideas and possible rule changes.
Three things caught my eye:
*The model talked about the possibility of allowing college coaches to contact potential prospects via text message. The truth is, text messaging is how these kids communicate. It's how I communicate with a number of them when I'm looking for an interview or to gain information about their recruitment. It's how a good majority of the kids want to communicate. It's quick, easy and not as time consuming as a phone call. While text messaging isn't allowed now. There are ways around it. Email and Facebook messages go straight to iPhone's, Droid's and Blackberry's these days. An email is essentially a text message.
*Both proposals in the entry talked about changing July to three weekends. This would allow college coaches to be on the road evaluating for nine days of the month, but also allow them to work with their team. The evaluation days would be down from 20. So the NCAA is thinking about lowering -- again -- the number of days college coaches can evaluate prospects. In case we haven't figured it out by now, college coaches need MORE evaluation days not less. A simple look at the amount of transfers this year (around 200) and it's clear that coaches need more time to evaluate future prospects. It's like buying a used car, but not having ample time to test drive. Currently coaches have extremely limited time in April to evaluate prospects, none in May or June and they want to cut out days in July.
*Now the model proposed by the Big Ten, Big XII, Pac-10, ACC, and Big East included bringing the April period back, which in my opinion is an absolute must. The SEC's model, did not include an April session. The current model for April allows coaches to go out for a few days, but aren't able to go to AAU events. The Contact Period is from April 7th to April 20th. Keep in mind major AAU tournaments take place from April 8th - 10th and April 15th - 17th. So for the most part coaches have just eight days to see prospects at their schools in the spring. The current model isn't efficient. Allowing prospects to watch AAU events they can see more players and be more useful with their time and money.
How about bring two weekends back in April and allow college coaches to go to AAU events for the full weekend. Not just Saturday and Sunday, which used to be the rule. Then go with two eight-day evaluation periods in July. This will allow college coaches to watch the progression from April to July and see an ample amount of prospects and do it in a cost efficient way.
Here's the blog with the proposals: Basketball Recruiting Model Discussion Gaining Steam