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James Sackville, a former punter, wanted to change the way players are recruited. He’s not there yet but he did something about it. James has developed a recruiting app. 5.5 years ago, he barely knew what American football was. At SMU he heard recruiting horror stories and has now launched Athletes in Recruitment (AIR), which attempts to translate the recruiting experience into a social network. It’s an extremely interesting development, but it’s future impact remains to be seen.
Tampering is against the rules but near impossible to enforce, especially in the social media age. With the new transfer rule, many coaches will fear it will increase exponentially. And they are probably right. One high school football coach estimates 60% of teams are currently tampering and said he got four calls about one former player asking if he was looking to transfer. It sounds like college coaches use high school coaches and other third parties as go-betweens to get around the rules a bit. Will this become free agency?
This isn’t surprising but it is noteworthy. Despite movements and awareness, most AD or top roles in athletics go to white men. It is said ADs get hired from pools of assistants with financial or fundraising experience. This article is full of facts and statistics highlighting the disparity in today’s college football world. It’s not new but it is still a reality. The question is: Will it ever change?
The Mountain West releases the Fox schedule.
Will mid-majors refuse payday games due to new transfer rule?
Sources: Multiple mid-major programs are opting to not play guarantee games against high-major programs because it gives power conference teams a "free live evaluation" of future players who could move up via the transfer portal.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 25, 2021
The level of separation has NEVER been greater.
On the horizon:
- Today: The MWCConnection Roundtable: Position you are most confident and most worried about this year?
- Today: Friday Night Lights Review S1E13