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January 28, 2013

Think About It: Recruiting Tools & Fools

The NCAA, in an effort to streamline its archaic recruiting rules and get in line with reality, at least in one area, has opened the communication floodgates with its new rules, and that won't necessarily help the University of Hawaii. As the 24-7 Notre Dame Blue & Gold website states: "Programs with deep pockets can now legally maintain a group of employees solely to contact recruits. Many of the soon-to-be-scrapped rules were created to avoid such a competitive advantage over the have-nots. The board of directors decided a truly equal playing field isn't realistic and any attempt to create one causes more problems than it solves." 

The NCAA has decided it should not be telling schools how to spend their recruiting money; that's if the schools actually have extra money to start with since 75% or so of Division I schools athletic departments lose money annually. So there you have it; more tweets, more glossy brochures, more contact, and more campus visits with mom and dad along for the free ride- which UH will have a hard time replicating due to the costs of plane tickets vs. car rides for California recruits looking at California schools. UH will have some upside with being able to pay signed, non-football athletes for helping out at sports camps, and the fact that all coaches can have more and better contact with potential recruits, but the "haves" will certainly hire more recruiting coordinators than the "have-nots", as money always talks, especially to 17-year olds and especially with programs who's budgets exceed $75-million annually.

So maybe we are finally heading to a point in time where the Division I athletic universe will be managed and dominated completely by four or five mega-conferences, and everyone else will be left groveling for crumbs. Not a very democratic approach, but something that UH will need to look at carefully in the years ahead. Think about it…

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