At the annual B1G meetings in Park Ridge, IL, the conference's coaches came out against the new recruiting rules that fundamentally change when a coach can contact a recruit and how many coaches can be on the road recruiting at one time, among other things. Their official statement:
The Big Ten Football Coaches and Athletic Directors met today in Park Ridge for a regularly scheduled meeting and subsequently issued the following statement with regard to pending NCAA legislation impacting college football:
We reviewed the 26 Rules Working Group proposals acted upon by the NCAA Board of Directors in January, some of which will become effective as early as July 1, 2013. While we applaud the work that has been done to date, we are very concerned that the timeline proposed for implementation of the proposals does not allow sufficient time for the Football Recruiting Subcommittee of the NCAA Leadership Council to thoughtfully consider the impact of the proposals.
We are specifically concerned with the following three proposals and ask that they be tabled along with Proposal 13-2:
Proposal 11-2: Athletics Personnel: Limitations on the Number and Duties of Coaches – Elimination of Recruiting Coordination Functions
Proposal 13-3: Recruiting: Deregulation of Modes and Numerical Limitations on Communication
Proposal 13-5-A: Recruiting: Elimination of Printed Recruiting Materials and Video/Audio Legislation
We have serious concerns whether these proposals, as currently written, are in the best interest of high school student-athletes, their families and their coaches. We are also concerned about the adverse effect they would have on college coaches, administrators and university resources.
We look forward to working with the NCAA toward improving the game, the recruiting process and the overall college football experience for all student-athletes.
Changes are also coming to the conference schedules, too. it's no longer a matter of if the B1G goes to 9 or 10 games conference schedules, but when. 9 or 10 hasn't been decided, but 8 games is dead.
Also, remember when everyone got their undies in a bunch about Meyer's comments on how the conference recruits? Maybe, just maybe, it really was a tad overblown:
The great Urban Meyer recruiting lecture/scolding of B1G coaches didn't happen today, @coachfitz51 tells me. Never was going to happen...— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) February 11, 2013
Meyer's comments more about improving game-day experience (pre game, in-game) for recruits and boosting B1G brand. Coaches discussed this.— Rittenberg/Bennett (@ESPN_BigTen) February 11, 2013
Kind of falls in line with what DiNardo was talking about in the interview today.
Maybe the B1G is slowly lurching into the 21st century.