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June 7, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Monday afternoon links — Are the days of assistant strength coaches just about over?

With all the attention this week on expansion, other news figures to get lost in the shuffle pretty easily.
But it’s worth noting that the NCAA Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet (or as I like to call it, NCAAD1RAPIC) is meeting this week to discuss legislation to limit coaching support staff (read the details in this USA Today story with that exact headline).
Specifically under the microscope are the kinds of jobs held at UW by legendary QB Marques Tuiasosopo, who was hired a year ago as an assistant strength coach working primarily with the football team. Former NFL players Kenechi Udeze and Grey Ruegamer have also been hired at UW in the past year to similar positions.
All are visible presences during football practices, though none is technically part of the offical football coaching staff.
As the USA Today story details, UW has hardly been alone in hiring such positions — Michigan had nine similar staffers (and I think just about every SEC school has a similar number. Former Husky Lester Towns holds a similar job at Alabama).
Such positions are perfectly legal, though the rules about what they can and cannot do are kind of vague, as the story details, leading some compliance directors to say the rules are hard to interpret (I addressed this issue this blog entry last fall). As the story details, such duties as charting plays during practices and games has been considered within the rules.
Putting in place some specific guidelines on responsibilities is one aim of the legislation, as well as establishing limits on overall staffs numbers, in part to rein in expenses.
As the story further details, this could be voted on by the full membership this summer, but likely wouldn’t be enacted until 2011 — so Tui is safe for now.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was on ESPN’s College Football Live today, and Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic has a transcript. Nothing earthshattering and no real new news, but worth reading if you want a further understanding of all of this. Maybe most noteworthy, he said that no expansion has to take place if everybody decides they are happy where they are.
Matt Hayes of The Sporting News writes about the potential pitfalls of expansion.
Stewart Mandel of SI.com, meanwhile, comes up with 16 potential expansion scenarios (only 16?).
— USC coach Lane Kiffin said this afternoon he’s heard nothing about when the NCAA’s report on the Trojans will be released.
All for now.

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