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UCF Officials Should Just Call Their Proposed Lazy River What It Really Is
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UCF Officials Should Just Call Their Proposed Lazy River What It Really Is

April 3rd, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
The facilities arms race has been discussed in this space in the past, largely in highlighting the growing emphasis schools are placing on state-of-the-art resources. It is a primary way that universities are differentiating...
Recruiting and The Growing Complexity of Football Support Staff
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Recruiting and The Growing Complexity of Football Support Staff

February 2nd, 2017 | by Ronnie Burton Jr
With signing day coming and going football programs across the country are welcoming the class of 2017. Coaches have spent hours upon hours traveling to ensure they can find top-notch talent to compete for a national...
Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?
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Would Mandating Recruiting Dead Periods Affect Coaches’ Work-Life Balance?

January 16th, 2017 | by Francis Giknis
Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN posted an interesting article this past week about a little-discussed and probably-overlooked amendment to a college football recruiting overhaul being proposed and voted-on in April. In the piece,...
Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family
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Package Deal? The Sometimes Sordid Practice Of Hiring Recruits’ Friends And Family

December 12th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
The NCAA regulates text messages, emails, phone calls, donor contributions, and a myriad of other ways for coaches to entice a recruit. Athletic departments host massive recruit-centered weekends, and sometimes the events can...
UPDATED: Bring On The Early Signing Periods For More Parity In College Football
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UPDATED: Bring On The Early Signing Periods For More Parity In College Football

October 18th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
UPDATE: This article has been updated with corrections provided by Susan Peal, NCAA Director of Governance, NLI. The full transcript of her comments can be viewed here. We highly recommend reading them, as they aptly describe...
New Twitter Recruiting Rules Only Perpetuate An Entitled Culture
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New Twitter Recruiting Rules Only Perpetuate An Entitled Culture

August 3rd, 2016 | by Javier Morales
We are officially into the era of instant gratification with social media – will a certain coach like my tweet or not? – and that will make the recruiting game worse. On Aug. 1, per NCAA Proposal 2015-48, also known as the...
The Recruiting Arms Race Takes A Turn Toward Improving Academic Opportunities
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The Recruiting Arms Race Takes A Turn Toward Improving Academic Opportunities

June 8th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
To date, news surrounding the arms race in college athletics has included lucrative television deals, facilities upgrades, dining-area enhancements, lodging amenities and even multi-uniform combinations. Notice what is missing...
Now That Text Messages Are Unlimited, The NCAA Should Allow Recruits To Sign Early
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Now That Text Messages Are Unlimited, The NCAA Should Allow Recruits To Sign Early

May 11th, 2016 | by Javier Morales
The recent controversial Twitter rant about loyalty and accountability by Texas A&M assistant coach Aaron Moorehead after a high-profile high school quarterback recruit de-committed is enough to make every administrator and...
Has National Signing Day Officially Left Reality Behind?
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Has National Signing Day Officially Left Reality Behind?

February 10th, 2016 | by Laurie Gallagher
Ah, the pageantry of football’s premier events. Airplanes circling above drop guests from the sky. Stars like Snoop Dogg make an appearance. Tom Brady is there, even though he isn’t playing. Guests arrive in limousines....
Why Don’t We See More Athletic Directors Helping Recruit?
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Why Don’t We See More Athletic Directors Helping Recruit?

February 8th, 2016 | by Francis Giknis
College football’s national signing day has dominated the headlines this past week, what with production values surrounding the commitment process skyrocketing and more people than ever interested in high school recruiting....
Coverage and Recruiting Habits Mean Athletes are More Entitled Than Ever
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Coverage and Recruiting Habits Mean Athletes are More Entitled Than Ever

November 24th, 2015 | by Javier Morales
Ezekial Elliot with the CFB Playoff Trophy.  Ezekiel Elliott’s outburst after Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State last week falls in line with the idea that today’s generation of athletes are more entitled than ever, and...
Food And Fueling Stations Have Become The New Recruiting Arms Race
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Food And Fueling Stations Have Become The New Recruiting Arms Race

October 14th, 2015 | by Javier Morales
College athletic programs trying to one-up the other have evolved from owning the best equipment to showcasing the most enviable wellness kitchen. In this era of “anything you can do, I can do better”, the arms race among...
University Endowments Create Huge Recruiting Advantage in Division III
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University Endowments Create Huge Recruiting Advantage in Division III

October 9th, 2015 | by Sean McCormick
The world of Division III athletics is not the pure, pristine atmosphere portrayed by the NCAA. Despite the organization’s rules prohibiting any member school in Division III from offering an athletic-based scholarship to a...