Swinney calls proposed NCAA bylaw ‘stupid’

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was not happy with a proposed NCAA bylaw titled “Individual Associated With a Recruited Prospective-Athlete.”

The proposed bylaw will be considered at the NCAA Division I Council meeting starting on April 13. The proposed bylaw states, “In football, an institution or staff member shall not employ (either on a volunteer or paid basis) an individual associated with a recruited prospective student-athlete at the institution’s camp or clinic (including a coaches clinic or a camp or clinic involving non-prospects), unless at least two years (24 months) have elapsed since the prospective student-athlete’s initial full-time enrollment at the institution.”

In other words, most high school coaches will be prohibited from working football camps, such as many do here in the south like at Dabo Swinney’s football camp. Swinney is upset about the new rule because it is punishing high school coaches from getting an opportunity to make extra cash as well as an opportunity to show how well they can coach to a college staff.

“It is so stupid,” Swinney said following Thursday’s practice. “It is stupid. It makes zero sense. I have beat that drum to death.”


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