For years the NCAA has fielded complaints that its rulebook worries too much about minutae. So the university presidents who make the NCAA’s decisions finally made some big ones — they decided to tear page after page out of their rulebook.
The response from coaches, athletic directors, and conference commissioners has been darn near unanimous in its negativity.
But you can’t add Mark Richt’s name to the list of people decrying the changes. At least not yet:
“I would just say this: I will answer that question (about his feelings on the new rules) after March because there’s an override period. My guess is that a lot of these things are going to be put on hold, so I don’t know if we need to get too concerned about them. We do need to plan for them.
I’ve got a pretty good feeling that a lot of things are just going to be put on hold because of the amount of schools that just don’t think it’s a good idea.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that just 75 institutions need to cast votes to override the changes for them to be rescinded.
If/when those changes are rescinded, it will be interesting to see how schools — like Alabama — decide to re-purpose the employees they’ve recently hired in preparation for a less-regulated recruiting world.