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More on the old “Bump Rule”


Recently, I wrote about the NCAA Compliance Office putting teeth into the contact rule or former “Bump Rule” that coaches must follow when visiting high schools this spring.

Coaches can introduce themselves to the prospect. Say, “hello.” Maybe even welcome the prospect to the college coach’s own college football summer camp. Period. Move on. That really is the extent of the conversation.

Yesterday, as I was making some high school visits on my way to Youngstown, I saw the rule first hand. I was at Akron Hoban talking with head coach Tim Tyrell.

As we were talking, a coach from Michigan stopped in. As we were talking, two high school recruits came down the hall.

The Michigan coach said , “Hello,” and introduced himself. Of course, I can talk with any recruit about anything. I talked briefly to both recruits, and they went on to class.

The Michigan followed the rule. I have been told that if a program violates this rule too often, the head coach would get into trouble.

I heard a story about an Ohio State coach making a recruiting stop in southeast Ohio. The Ohio State coach followed the rule and just introduced himself and spent a short time with the recruit. Followed the rule.

A coach from a high ranked college in the SEC came in and spent 30 minutes with the recruit just after Ohio State visited for five minutes.

The recruit’s dad called Ohio State complaining that Ohio State is not showing as much attention to his son as other colleges, because they did not spend much time with his son.  Ohio State is following the rule.

The rule is the rule. If a college coach is spending more time than a introduction, a hello, and a possible camp invite, then they are cheating. Your son should know that. The high school coach should know that. Parents should know that.

I know dad’s, and, sometimes high school coaches, get caught up in the presence of high profile colleges recruiting a player. But they need to realize, they are allowing colleges to break rules.

Dishonesty in football recruiting is huge, and parents and high school coaches need to do their part. Just shut down the conversation after five minutes.

Good to see Big Ten programs following the rule. What was the Alabama – Ohio State score last year?

The bottom line is that if a college coach is spending more than five minutes with a recruit, that does not mean that he is recruiting him harder than a school who is spending five minutes with him.

What it means — the school that is not following the rule is simply cheating. Not bending the rule – but cheating.

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