The battle fronts in college football are always changing. Yesterday’s satellite camp rumble is today’s staff size debate.
The latter is the latest topic getting a close look from the NCAA. CBSSports.com obtained a document detailing FBS staff sizes that was distributed to the NCAA Council last month. As Dennis Dodd notes in an accompanying column, it’s somewhat hard to know what to make of the document as it appears to have been tallied from football directories.
For example, Nebraska’s current staff listing online has three “graduate assistant” coaches listed. The document, which is a month old, lists one. Nebraska’s total staff size is listed as 29, which would rank 11th in the Big Ten. Only Wisconsin (28), Penn State (28) and Minnesota (22) have smaller staffs in the Big Ten.
Assuming these numbers are right, of course, which I’m not quite ready to do. Neither are many of the sources in Dodd’s column. But that doesn’t really matter, the question I’m more interesting in is this one: Do you care how big a football program’s staff is? Do you care if a school is willing to pay and manage a staff of 40 people connected to football? Each team can only have nine assistants, five strength coaches and four graduate assistants. There are limits on how many staff members can actively recruit prospective student athletes. Those areas are already regulated, so does it matter to you if a program decides to have a Director of Nose Bumper Installation or a Senior VP of Swag in its offices?
I have to say I really don’t. I’m with Craig Bohl in taking the laissez-faire approach. From Dodd’s column:
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said there was a general movement among coaches a few years ago to cap staff sizes at 25.
“I don’t think that’s going to be a realistic number now,” Bohl said. “I think my point is just make sure that the coaching number is the same, the number of guys who can leave campus is the same.
“Outside of that, whoever has resources to do whatever they can do is fine.”
It is fine. Let it do.
On that staff-related note, Nebraska added a new member to its roster. Adam Clark is the Huskers’ new director of football operations. A graduate of Pittsburgh State in Kansas, Clark previously worked in football ops with the Jerry Kill/Tracy Claeys crew at Northern Illinois and Minnesota.
In his role with the Huskers, Clark with work closely with Head Coach Mike Riley and Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration Dan Van De Riet. Clark will assist in the day-to-day operations of the football program, serve as a liaison with other units in the athletics department, assist with the budget and team travel, summer camps and clinics, along with numerous duties associated with Husker football student-athletes.
Unclear from that if the Senior VP of Swag — should Nebraska ever hire one — would report directly to Clark or not. He has a pretty big job that encompasses many areas, but swag might fall under the recruiting department.
The Grab Bag
- Tom Dienhart of BTN.com analyzes the Huskers’ 2017 schedule.
- Former Husker defensive tackle Kevin Maurice was one of 39 players in the Jaguars’ rookie camp last week. Now he’s one of two the franchise has signed.
- Liberty, which is moving up to FBS, is paying $1.8 million for Old Dominion to come in and beat the Flames in the home opener next year.
- Florida Gators safety Nick Washington wrangles actual gators in Jacksonville in the offseason.
Today’s Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.