The NCAA has passed a rule that prevents more than two assistant coaches from visiting a recruit at one time.
Should we call it the Tiger Prowl rule?
The NCAA passed the legislation Thursday night, saying an army of coaches visiting a recruit can be expensive for colleges and doesn’t really allow for real recruiting evaluation. Auburn certainly sent out its assistant coaches en masse this week for a recruiting blitz of high schools and recruits. Like last year, the coaches showed up in limos at the high schools. Other schools may not have been showy, but have certainly sent multiple assistant coaches to high schools this week.
That will be banned, too.
Thursday, Auburn coach Gene Chizik seemed to distance himself from the “Tiger Prowl” slogan the school embraced last year. Chizik said the highly decorated bus the school used this year was the real “Tiger Prowl,” and it was for fans. He said the coaches visiting the schools were part of recruiting trips.
The new rule mentioned the use of limos and “extravagant buses.” Auburn did not take the bus to the high schools or use it to recruit players.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported this morning that the NCAA Division I Board of Directors finalized legislation Thursday effective immediately limiting no more than two football coaches per school from visiting a prospective recruit in the same day during an evaluation period. NCAA spokesman Erik Christanson confirmed the new rule by e-mail Thursday night.
The newspaper used the example of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga. Auburn coaches visited the school in their limos on Tuesday. Four Florida State assistants visited Wednesday. Six Georgia assistants were at Carver on Monday.