Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples sat next to Mississippi State coaches and took the NCAA rules test. What he found out was how truly insane, mundane and ludicrous some of the rules are.
From the story …
For instance, did you know that a football coach may not have in-person, on- and off-campus contact with a prospect who was certified as an academic non-qualifier and is in his first year at a junior college? Neither did I — until I guessed the correct answer to question No. 6 after 10 frustrating minutes rooting through the manual. Why does it matter whether a football coach speaks to an 18- or 19-year-old high school graduate during one of the brief contact periods? Short answer: It doesn’t. So there you go, NCAA working groups. I’ve already trimmed one rule for you.
While that may sound like a minor deal, violations of such rules cause major waves. Big Ten coaches seethed when Ohio State’s Urban Meyer violated the bump rule by wishing a recruit “good luck” before a game in December. After the spring 2007 evaluation period, coaches lined up to turn in Alabama’s Nick Saban for violations of the bump rule. What did the schools do in response to Saban? Did they repeal a silly rule that made it illegal for famous football coaches to engage in conversations with high school students while at a school? No. They banned head coaches from visiting schools in the spring.
Take some time and read the story. It’s pretty entertaining.
And you give it a try yourself with the on-line NCAA practice exams …. I did not pass.