Auburn (indirectly) draws the NCAA's ire
The NCAA on Thursday night approved legislation aimed at stopping the large-group recruiting Auburn had been using as recently as Thursday afternoon.
So what is this rule?
The NCAA has cut the number of coaches allowed to visit a school to two. Previously, the only applicable rule was that a maximum of seven assistants could be on the road at one time. Most schools scattered those seven men to cut a wider swath. Auburn unified its front.
Good or bad for Auburn? I say good. It gives the coaches a chance to frame the NCAA as haters; that Auburn was too good and too sly and too enthusiastic and too creative for the NCAA's tastes.
I had a humorous exchange with Trooper Taylor about this on Tuesday.
I said: "Considering how much bigger this has become since 2009, how high can you go for 2011?"
He said: "It probably won't happen. The NCAA will shut this down. We won't be recruiting like this next year, so we'll just enjoy it while we can. Hey, if they're creating rules to stop you from doing things, you must be doing something right."