If upheld in its current form, a new NCAA rule will effectively put an end to the practice of schools designating a head-coach-in-waiting.
At its convention in Atlanta last month, the NCAA passed to little fanfare a new bylaw that treats a head-coach-in-waiting like an actual head coach in terms of recruiting contact. A head coach is allowed only a single visit per recruit and cannot leave campus during the the critical spring evaluation period from April 15-May 31. Same now for a head-coach-designate.
There are only two head-coaches in waiting in America: Georgia alum and Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and Ralph Friedgen’s offensive coordinator at Maryland, James Franklin.
Proposed by the Big East last June and approved last month, the rule was supported by the football issues committee was because it felt it