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Georgia’s Kirby Smart against proposed NCAA ‘high school coach’ rule

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ATHENS, Ga. — The NCAA is scheduled to vote Friday on a proposal that could make it tougher for high school coaches to jump to the college ranks. Georgia’s Kirby Smart is one coach who isn’t in favor of the proposal.

The proposed rule (Bylaw 11.4.3) would prohibit colleges from hiring high school coaches to non-coaching positions (like analyst or strength and conditioning jobs) if a player from that high school had enrolled at the college in the previous two years. Then, it would prohibit the college from recruiting players from that school for the next two years as well. Another proposal (Bylaw 13.12.2.2.5) would propose that the same two-year window be applied to coaches working offseason camps or coaching clinics.

“I have a hard time with that, as a son of a high school coach and a guy who has seen tons of high school coaches go on to greater success,” Smart said. “… A lot of the best coaches I’ve ever been around have been high school coaches. We get ideas from them. They face more of the offenses that we face, so they have to find ways to stop them and create plays.”

Smart says it is not fair to potentially punish a coach for having good players in his high school program.

“Now, they’ll argue that they’re not being cut out of it, only the ones that have prospects,” Smart said. “But is that fair, to cut out a guy because he has a prospect, from an opportunity to develop his career and move on? I think it’s cutting the lifeline out of our program base. I mean, where do we get our lifeline from? Are we going to have to go to the NFL now and get coaches? Where do you develop coaches from? They develop from high school up. So that doesn’t fire me up. I certainly don’t like hiring a guy to get a player, either. So it’s a fine line.”

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