Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco offers instructions to the Blackshirts during Nebraska’s spring game on April 15, 2017.
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Hot Reads: How Big is too Big?

May 16, 2017

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. 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.

Football Ops

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.

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